Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).
He has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001), Quotidiana (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999, Tate Triennial 2003, Shanghai Biennale 2006, Sharjah Biennial 2007), Negotiations (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010), and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was on the curatorial team for Europarte (Venice Biennale, 1997), Milano Europa 2000, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000), and Riwaq (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013.
Jonathan Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Recent essays by him have focused on the work of Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Caro Niederer, Cornelia Parker, Giuseppe Penone, Noguchi Rika, Beat Streuli, and Yang Zhenzhong. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.