Brendan McGetrick
Recent works and current obsessions


Brendan McGetrick is an independent writer, curator, and designer. His work has appeared in publications in more than thirty countries, including The New York TimesWiredThe Financial TimesArt ReviewDer SpiegelDomus, and Vogue Nippon. His projects include the books Content (Taschen), MAD Dinner (Actar), and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8). In 2011, he curated Unnamed Design, a component of the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, in collaboration with Ai Weiwei. The exhibition received over 200,000 visitors and was named the year’s best contemporary design show by the New York Times. In 2014, he co-curated Fair Enough in the Russian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, together with Anton Kalgaev and Dasha Paramonova. The exhibition received a jury prize and was, according to OII+ magazine, “considered the smartest or the dumbest [exhibition], depending on who you talk to.” In 2017, together with Justin McGuirk, he curated California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum in London. Since 2015, he has served as the director of Global Grad Show, the world’s largest exhibition of graduate design and technology. From 2002-2006 he was head writer at the research and design studio AMO. He is a DJ in his spare time. He believes music is the answer to your problems.