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14. August 2019
Issue No. 103

The feelings I Fail to capitalize, I fail Chris Kraus and Ariana Reines in conversation on auto-fiction and biography

In anticipation of the forthcoming September issue of Texte zur Kunst dedicated to literature, and autofiction specifically, we’re making available a recent text from our archives on those very topics. In the “Poetry” issue from (no. 103, Sept. 2016), Ariana Reines interviewed Chris Kraus on the subject of autofiction, among many others. Kraus, the author of several books, including the much-discussed "After Kathy Acker: A Biography" (2017), as well as her own autobiographical tale, "I Love Dick" (1997), offers an early look at a genre of writing, autofiction, that has since put its stamp on the field of literature.

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2. August 2019

Live in Your Head: Notes on Win McCarthy by Josephine Graf

In the context of gentrification and its rapid transfigurations of urban space, where, or how, do we carve out a place for ourselves? The case of New York is exemplary in this regard, with its massive overhauls under the euphemistic moniker of “urban renewal.” With whole neighborhoods, local haunts, and even entire populations either disappearing or being displaced, how do we measure the lasting damage of these changes on the very constitution of oneself, the apparent expendable in the gentrification equation? Curator Josephine Graf considers the work of Win McCarthy with an eye toward these and other effects in the case of Lower Manhattan.

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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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25. July 2019

Misuse of Military Equipment Jakob Schillinger on “New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Even the great institutions of modern and contemporary art are not immune from the rush to periodize the recent past, hurried by the ever-increasing development of new technologies and digital platforms. How, then, can one effectively perdioze the very decade in which we still find ourselves, the 2010s? Drawing exclusively from their own collections, MoMA curator Michelle Kuo attempted just such a feat, and Jakob Schillinger here weighs in on the challenges and successes of the resulting exhibition, “New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century,” which closed last month in New York. With MoMA slated to open its new expansion in October, the engagement with the recent past will no doubt have a lasting impact on how we see, hear, and understand our relationship to the technologies of the present.

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17. July 2019
Issue No. 35

Getting the Warhol we deserve von Douglas Crimp

Texte zur Kunst trauert um den Autor, Aktivist und Kunstkritiker Douglas Crimp (1944-2019). Seine Gelehrsamkeit, sein Aktivismus und sein Mut können als Vorbild dafür stehen, was Kunstgeschichte und Kunstkritik leisten kann und inspirierten sowohl seine Freund*innen als auch alle Leser*innen. In den nächsten Wochen werden wir mit der Veröffentlichung von Nachrufen auf Crimp und sein Werk beginnen. Während wir uns noch Zeit nehmen, die Folgen seines Todes zu realisieren, veröffentlichen wir hier zunächst einen Text aus unserem Archiv - um Crimp zu würdigen und, mit einem ersten Schritt beginnend, sich mit dem zu befassen, was genau seine Abwesenheit für so viele bedeutet, die von seinem Leben und seiner Arbeit beeinflusst waren.

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Artists' Editions

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

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 Bernhard 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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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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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.