Jasia Reichardt

From Monoskop
(Redirected from Reichardt)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jasia Reichardt.jpg
Lord Snowdon, Five Art Critics, 1963. NPG. Reichardt in company of Edward Lucie-Smith, Norbert Casper Lynton, Robert Melville and David Morgan Thompson.

Jasia Reichardt (13 November 1933, Warsaw) is a British art critic, editor, curator, and gallery director with an interest in art and its intersection with other fields, especially technology.

In the 1950s she was assistant editor of the weekly arts magazine Art News and Review. From 1963 to 1971 she was assistant director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 1965, she curated the exhibition Between Poetry and Painting on concrete poetry and art, during whose preparation she met Max Bense. She curated the first major international exhibition on computer art, Cybernetic Serendipity, which was exhibited at the ICA in London in 1968 after two years of preparation.

From 1974 to 1976 Reichardt was director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. She taught at the Architectural Association for 10 years, and other colleges. From 1989 to 1998 she was director of ARTEC Biennale in Japan. She has also spent many years on the Themerson Archive of which the 8-volume catalogue is now complete.

She was born with the name Janina Chaykin, Jasia for short; in 1942, her name was changed to Maria Janina Cegłowska; married Tony Richards in 1956 and changed her name to Maria Richards; began writing about art in 1958 and changed her name to Jasia Reichardt. [1]


  • editor, Between Poetry and Painting, London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1965, 81 pp. Exh. catalogue.
  • "Computer Art", Studio International 173:889, May 1967, pp 222-223.
  • "Non-games", Studio International 175:898, Mar 1968, pp 110-111.
  • editor, Cybernetic Serendipidity. The Computer and the Arts: a Studio International Special Issue, London: Studio International, Jul 1968; 2nd ed., rev., Sep 1968, 103 pp; repr., New York: Praeger, 1969, 101 pp; repr., London: Studio International Foundation, 2018, 101 pp. Exh. catalogue. Features a cover designed by Franciszka Themerson; an introduction by Jasia Reichardt; an overview of cybernetics and its founder, Norbert Wiener; separate sections dedicated to the connections between the computer and music, dance, poetry, painting, film, architecture, and graphics; a glossary; and a bibliography.
  • editor, The Magazine of the Institute of Contemporary Arts 5: "Cybernetic Serendipidity", London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Aug 1968, 38 pp. With texts by Martin Gardner, Pierre Barbaud, and Charles Csuri.
  • editor, The Magazine of the Institute of Contemporary Arts 6: "Cybernetic Serendipidity", London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sep 1968, 38 pp. With texts by Daphne Oram, Max Bense, Petar Milojevic, and Nam June Paik. [2]
  • "Cybernetic Serendipity'—Getting Rid of Preconceptions", Studio International 176:905, London, Nov 1968, pp 176-177.
  • editor, Play Orbit: Exhibition of Toys and Games, London: Studio international, 1969, 186 pp. Exh. catalogue.
  • The Computer in Art, London: Studio Vista, 1971, 96 pp; New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1971, 96 pp. Reviews: Hockey (Comp Hum), Thompson (Leonardo).
  • editor, Cybernetics, Art and Ideas, London: Studio Vista, 1971, 207 pp. Introduction. Review: Thompson (Leonardo).
  • Zeit, Worte und die Kamera: Fotoarbeiten englischer Künstler: steirischer Herbst '76 / Time, Words, and the Camera: Photoworks by British Artists: Styrian Autumn '76, Graz: Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, 1976, 140 pp. (German)/(English)
  • Robots: Fact, Fiction, and Prediction, New York: Penguin, 1978, 168 pp. Review: Warrick (SF-TH).
    • Les robots arrivent, trans. André-Charles Cohen, Paris: Chene, 1978, 168 pp. (French)
    • Robots: kinderspeelgoed, mythen, filmmachines, ruimtevaart, toekomst, Bussum: Romen, 1979, 159 pp. (Dutch)
  • "Machines and Art", Leonardo 20(4): "Art of the Future: The Future of Art", 1987, pp 367-372.
  • editor, Erekutoronikarī yuāzu: denshi jidai no aratanaru shōzō / Electronically Yours [エレクトロニカリー・ユアーズ: 電子時代の新たなる肖像], Tokyo: Tōkyō-to Shashin Bijutsukan (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), 1998, 165 pp. (Japanese)/(English)
  • 15 Journeys: From Warsaw to London, Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2012, 175 pp. [3]
  • [4]
  • [5]

See also[edit]