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Tamsin Perrett

Tamsin Perrett - Editor

the UK

An expert in pairing words and pictures for internationally renowned institutions, galleries and publishers

Overview

I'm an editor with 15 years' experience of highly illustrated non-fiction titles, now specialising in contemporary art, photography and fashion but with a broad humanities portfolio. Trained by Thames & Hudson, a Senior Editor (commissioning) at Phaidon, in freelance life I also work with museums and public institutions, commercial galleries and select private individuals and corporations: I'm motivated by interesting projects and a commitment to the highest quality.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Design History Home & Garden Philosophy Photography

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
November, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

Clients: Frieze, Hayward Publishing, Laurence King, Phaidon, Thames & Hudson, Victoria and Albert Museum; Anova Pavilion, Cadogan Estate, Mouseion, Hauser & Wirth, RAND Europe, Sprüth Magers Berlin London, Violette Editions, Webber Represents

Project management, structural editing, copy editing and proofreading; author, gallery and artist liaison; detailed layout and design commentary.

Select recent projects:
Half the World: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947–2016 (Hauser & Wirth, 2016)
Modern Painting and the Figurative Tradition (Thames & Hudson, 2016)
You Say You Want a Revolution? (V&A, 2016)
The Barber Book (Phaidon, 2016)
Andrea Hamilton: London Every Day (The Mayor's Fund for London/Booth Clibborn Editions, 2015)

For Frieze I edited the catalogues to accompany the art fairs in New York and London.

Editor (maternity cover)

National Portrait Gallery
April, 2009 – October, 2009 (6 months)

Senior Editor, Special Projects

Phaidon Press
February, 2007 – March, 2009 (about 2 years)

I led a small team and attended commissioning meetings, submitting and reviewing proposals.

Project Editor

Phaidon Press
January, 2005 – January, 2007 (about 2 years)

I ran the Themes & Movements series in the contemporary art department.

Assistant Editor

Thames & Hudson
January, 2003 – December, 2004 (almost 2 years)

Editorial Secretary

Thames & Hudson
September, 2001 – December, 2002 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

London Couture

London Couture 1923–1975 is the first book to examine, in detail, the luxurious garments produced by the rarefied London couture industry—from lavish ball gowns to sharply tailored suits, by way of spectacular royal dress—as well as the designers who conceived them, their clients, and the prestigious publications that promoted the “London Look” to the world. Experts have delved into the archiv... read more

London Couture 1923–1975 is the first book to examine, in detail, the luxurious garments produced by the rarefied London couture industry—from lavish ball gowns to sharply tailored suits, by way of spectacular royal dress—as well as the designers who conceived them, their clients, and the prestigious publications that promoted the “London Look” to the world. Experts have delved into the archiv... read more

The Curator's Handbook

Adrian George

A step-by-step guide to every aspect of putting on an art exhibition, with tips from a range of influential curatorsThe Curator’s Handbook is the essential handbook for curators and curatorial students, mapping every stage of the process of putting on an exhibition, no matter how traditional the venue, from initial idea to final installation. An introduction explores curatorial work from its o... read more

A step-by-step guide to every aspect of putting on an art exhibition, with tips from a range of influential curatorsThe Curator’s Handbook is the essential handbook for curators and curatorial students, mapping every stage of the process of putting on an exhibition, no matter how traditional the venue, from initial idea to final installation. An introduction explores curatorial work from its o... read more

A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today

Margherita Dessanay, Marc Valli

Why painting today? In the digital age, with its powers of instant recall and infinite reproduction, why are we witnessing an unprecedented revival of figurative painting? A Brush with the Real presents a survey of key contemporary artists who have each embraced painting and are working within a realist tradition. Through individual interviews the book peers into the life and work of each of t... read more

Why painting today? In the digital age, with its powers of instant recall and infinite reproduction, why are we witnessing an unprecedented revival of figurative painting? A Brush with the Real presents a survey of key contemporary artists who have each embraced painting and are working within a realist tradition. Through individual interviews the book peers into the life and work of each of t... read more

Frieze New York Catalog 2015 (Frieze Art Fair New York)

This fully illustrated guide to the Frieze New York Art Fair features profiles of 190 international artists written by respected independent critics. Spotlight, new this year, is a section for solo artist presentations of work made in the twentieth century, especially post-1960.

This fully illustrated guide to the Frieze New York Art Fair features profiles of 190 international artists written by respected independent critics. Spotlight, new this year, is a section for solo artist presentations of work made in the twentieth century, especially post-1960.

Sarah Jones

Brian Dillon, David Campany

The photographs of Sarah Jones address established pictorial genres and our associated expectations by paring back space, subject and gesture. This book--the first major monograph on this young British artist--brings together work from an 18-year period, including many photographs never previously published, and looks at the themes and concerns that have remained constants in her work. The seq... read more

The photographs of Sarah Jones address established pictorial genres and our associated expectations by paring back space, subject and gesture. This book--the first major monograph on this young British artist--brings together work from an 18-year period, including many photographs never previously published, and looks at the themes and concerns that have remained constants in her work. The seq... read more

Hotel Il Pellicano

A captivating look at the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyles of those who frequent the legendary Hotel Il Pellicano, overlooking a secluded bay in Tuscany’s Porto Ercole. One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world, the chic Hotel Il Pellicano, located on the Argentario, is a hangout for many from the design, fashion, and art worlds. With photographs by the great chroniclers... read more

A captivating look at the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyles of those who frequent the legendary Hotel Il Pellicano, overlooking a secluded bay in Tuscany’s Porto Ercole. One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world, the chic Hotel Il Pellicano, located on the Argentario, is a hangout for many from the design, fashion, and art worlds. With photographs by the great chroniclers... read more

Louise Bourgeois & Gary Indiana: To Whom It May Concern

Gary Indiana

Originally published in a large-format limited edition of seven copies, To Whom It May Concern pairs Louise Bourgeois' luminous male and female torsos with Gary Indiana's prose poems, in a meditation on physicality, sexuality and relationships. Violette's publication reproduces this artist's book--one of the last projects Bourgeois completed before her death in 2010--in a reduced, collectable ... read more

Originally published in a large-format limited edition of seven copies, To Whom It May Concern pairs Louise Bourgeois' luminous male and female torsos with Gary Indiana's prose poems, in a meditation on physicality, sexuality and relationships. Violette's publication reproduces this artist's book--one of the last projects Bourgeois completed before her death in 2010--in a reduced, collectable ... read more

The Alternative Guide to the Universe: Mavericks, Outsiders, Visionaries

Roger Cardinal, Rick Moody, Mark Pilkington, Valérie Rousseau, Ralph Rugoff, Margaret Wertheim

The Alternative Guide to the Universe surveys work that creates unexpected possibilities in art, science and architecture; possibilities so profound that they suggest an alternate reality. This densely illustrated volume features self-taught architects and artists, photographers and futurists, outsider engineers and scientists--all investigating larger systems of knowledge or developing partic... read more

The Alternative Guide to the Universe surveys work that creates unexpected possibilities in art, science and architecture; possibilities so profound that they suggest an alternate reality. This densely illustrated volume features self-taught architects and artists, photographers and futurists, outsider engineers and scientists--all investigating larger systems of knowledge or developing partic... read more

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986

Jon Wood

This publication provides insight into the explosion of sculpture in Britain during the late 1970s and 1980s, featuring renowned contemporary UK artists such as Edward Allington, Helen Chadwick, Tony Cragg, Andrew Logan, Barry Flanagan, Cornelia Parker, Alison Wilding, Michael Sandle and Gary Woodley.

This publication provides insight into the explosion of sculpture in Britain during the late 1970s and 1980s, featuring renowned contemporary UK artists such as Edward Allington, Helen Chadwick, Tony Cragg, Andrew Logan, Barry Flanagan, Cornelia Parker, Alison Wilding, Michael Sandle and Gary Woodley.

Pop (Themes & Movements (Hardcover))

Mark Francis, Hal Foster

Edited by an internationally recognized expert on Pop art and culture, this book surveys Pop across all artforms and gives equal coverage to its American, British and European manifestations. which focuses on the Pop image as it developed over the period: Reyner Banham, The Independent Group and Pop Design; Richard Hamilton and the Tabular Image; Roy Lichtenstein and the Screened Image; Andy W... read more

Edited by an internationally recognized expert on Pop art and culture, this book surveys Pop across all artforms and gives equal coverage to its American, British and European manifestations. which focuses on the Pop image as it developed over the period: Reyner Banham, The Independent Group and Pop Design; Richard Hamilton and the Tabular Image; Roy Lichtenstein and the Screened Image; Andy W... read more

Lizze Fitch / Ryan Trecartin: Site Visit

Thomas Miessgang

Los Angeles–based artist Ryan Trecartin (born 1981), whom The New Yorker called "the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s," is best known for his highly stylized videos, often installed in special environments designed by his longtime collaborator, Lizzie Fitch, that draw on Internet and youth cultures, with characters and images that are familiar and utterly unfamiliar at... read more

Los Angeles–based artist Ryan Trecartin (born 1981), whom The New Yorker called "the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s," is best known for his highly stylized videos, often installed in special environments designed by his longtime collaborator, Lizzie Fitch, that draw on Internet and youth cultures, with characters and images that are familiar and utterly unfamiliar at... read more

Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera (Elephant Book)

Robert Shore

The real world is full of cameras; the virtual world is full of images. Where does all this photographic activity leave the artist-photographer? Post-Photography tries to answer that question by investigating the exciting new language of photographic image-making that is emerging in the digital age of anything-is-possible and everything-has-been-done-before.Found imagery has become increasingl... read more

The real world is full of cameras; the virtual world is full of images. Where does all this photographic activity leave the artist-photographer? Post-Photography tries to answer that question by investigating the exciting new language of photographic image-making that is emerging in the digital age of anything-is-possible and everything-has-been-done-before.Found imagery has become increasingl... read more

Twiggy: A Life in Photographs

National Portrait Gallery

Twiggy was the world's first supermodel. As 'The Face of 1966', Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby) was the embodiment of the 60s look and was photographed by leading figures Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Melvin Sokolsky, Helmut Newton, Bert Stern, Klaus Voorman, Douglas Kirkland and Norman Parkinson. Combining these iconic images with more recent portraits by Steven Meisel, Bryan Adams, Mary McCartne... read more

Twiggy was the world's first supermodel. As 'The Face of 1966', Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby) was the embodiment of the 60s look and was photographed by leading figures Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Melvin Sokolsky, Helmut Newton, Bert Stern, Klaus Voorman, Douglas Kirkland and Norman Parkinson. Combining these iconic images with more recent portraits by Steven Meisel, Bryan Adams, Mary McCartne... read more

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