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11. July 2019

Vollkommen isoliert, an die Gesellschaft gebunden. Überlegungen zu Meeresmotiven bei Philippe Thomas von Hanna Magauer

In der Ausgabe 114 zu "The Sea" gingen die Autor*innen Franziska Brons und Bernahrd Siegert bereits auf die Tradition der Seestücke im 19. Jahrhundert und deren medienhistorische Bedeutung ein. Die Kunsthistorikerin und ehemalige Redakteurin von Texte zur Kunst, Hanna Magauer, führt Brons` und Siegerts Gedanken weiter, um sich einem zeitgenössischeren Beispiel zu widmen: Der Künstler Philippe Thomas nutzte in seinen Arbeiten immer wieder das Bild des Meeres in seiner Eigenschaft und Metaphorik als verbindendes Element und Projektionsfläche der Gesellschaft.

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9. July 2019
Issue No. 96

TOWARD CRITICISM AS AN ANECDOTAL SCIENCE “Pictures, Before and After: An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp” at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

(By Philipp Ekardt)

After learning of the very sad news of Douglas Crimp’s passing on Friday, all of us here at Texte zur Kunst are currently mourning his loss. While many of us knew Crimp personally, many who didn’t were nonetheless touched and inspired by his scholarship, activism, and bravery, which stand as a paragon for what art history and art criticism can be and do. In the next weeks, we’ll begin the process of publishing tributes to Crimp and his work, but while we take time to consider the consequence of his passing, we offer two texts here from our archives—one by former editor-in-chief Philipp Ekardt, and one by Crimp himself—to honor Crimp’s example, and hopefully offer a first way to begin to come to terms with exactly what his absence will mean for so many who were impacted by his life and work.

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June 2019

Current Issue

Issue No. 114
June 2019
„The Sea“

The sea has inspired artists, writers, and thinkers for centuries; but what has changed in our view of the sea since the canonical seafaring novels and paintings of the 19th century? In the June issue of Texte zur Kunst, dedicated to the mysteries and violence of the deep, we examine the sea from a media-theoretical perspective as well as from the perspective of current political and ecological catastrophes. For this issue, the theoretical texts are punctuated by photo essays by four artists who have dealt with the sea as a biosphere as well as a transit system for container vessels. In short, we realize just how important it is to look at the sea again, and again.

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8. July 2019

Vojin Saša Vukadinović in conversation with Karol Radziszewski, founder of the Queer Archives Institute

The Queer Archives Institute is an artist-run organization founded in 2015 by Karol Radziszewski, whose own practice as an artist led directly to an awareness that there was a profound lack of material related to the history of queer culture in Central and Eastern Europe. The QAI is now a multi-platform initiative that partners with artists, scholars, and those active in the community to provide a space and archive material for continued research and future projects. The Schwules Museum in Berlin is currently host to the most recent exhibition of the holdings of the QAI, and Berlin-based historian and gender studies scholar Vojin Saša Vukadinović recently sat down with Raziszewski to discuss the current exhibition and the motivation behind the founding of the QAI.

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Artists' Editions

Jana Euler, "Great White Fear, Horizon", 2019

20. June 2019

For Okwui Enwezor by Maria Eichhorn

With texts, exhibitions, and discussions that deconstructed social, institutional, and economic ills while also formulating pioneering, future-oriented alternatives and propositions, Okwui Enwezor helped us strive toward a different, better, more social, more peaceful, and more just world.

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11. June 2019

Oh, du arme Utopie der gebrochenen Stimmen! Marietta Kesting über „Prekärotopia“ im Lenbachhaus, München

Der Chor als kollektive Stimme erlebt zurzeit ein Revival in der Performancekunst. Ob in Wien, Berlin oder München: Künstler*innengruppen formieren sich, um über politische Missstände, prekäre Lebensweisen und institutionskritische Kunstproduktion zu singen. Woher kommt dieser neue Reiz an der traditionellen chorischen Form? Marietta Kesting geht dieser Frage in ihrer Besprechung der Uraufführung von "Prekärotopia. Ein prekäres Singspiel von Beate Engl, Leonie Felle und Franka Kaßner" im Lenbachhaus in München nach.

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6. June 2019

Grundsätzliches Esther Buss über "Sie ist der andere Blick" von Christiana Perschon

Viele österreichische Künstlerinnen waren aktiv an der Frauenbewegung der 1970er Jahre beteiligt, doch ausgenommen von Valie Export sind ihre Namen mit der Zeit zu Unrecht in Vergessenheit geraten. Christiana Perschons Film "Sie ist der andere Blick" (2018) läuft derzeit in den österreichischen Kinos an und gibt jenen Künstlerinnen eine Stimme, die zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt dringend neu vernommen werden sollte. Die Filmkritikerin Esther Buss hat den Film für TEXTE ZUR KUNST analysiert.

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29. May 2019

Kunst in der vierten und mit doppelter Potenz Dorothea Zwirner über Jonathan Monk im KINDL Zentrum und in der Galerie Meyer Riegger, Berlin

In Berlin eröffneten im März fast zeitgleich zwei Ausstellungen zum Werk von Jonathan Monk. Die Kunsthistorikerin Dorothea Zwirner besuchte die beiden Orte und entschlüsselt das breite System an Referenzen, das der Künstler in seinen Arbeiten kreiert. Wie verhält es sich heute mit der Bezugnahme auf vor allem männliche Kollegen und wie gelingt es Monk, damit selbstkritisch zu spielen?

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays, the quarterly magazine – which was founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and has been published, since 2000, in Berlin – offers interviews, roundtable discussions, and comprehensive reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory, and cultural politics. Since 2006, the journal's entire main section has been published in both German and English. Additionally, each issue features exclusive editions by internationally renowned artists, who generously support the magazine by producing a unique series.