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7. November 2019

BREITENGRADE EINES WENDEPUNKTS Agnieszka Roguski über „Point of No Return. Wende und Umbruch in der ostdeutschen Kunst“ im Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

In ihrem Statement, das wir auf diesen Seiten im März 2019 veröffentlichten, beschrieb Suse Weber wie Ost-/Westerfahrungen in Kunstinstitutionen bis heute wenig aufgearbeitet und vielmehr als Identitätseinschreibung funktionalisiert wurden. Nun stehen die Feierlichkeiten zu 30 Jahre Mauerfall an, zu denen das Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig mit "Point of No Return" eine Ausstellung zu Werken zeigt, die sich mit den Ereignissen um das Jahr 1989 beschäftigen. Die Autorin Agnieszka Roguski fasst hier kuratorisch gelungene, aber auch verpasste Aspekte zusammen.

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30. October 2019

After the Orgy Steven Warwick on "GRM: Brainfuck" by Sibylle Berg.

Brexit anyone? If you’re fed up with the parliamentary to and fro, then perhaps a grave outlook on the future of British society post-Brexit would be a nice escape from the current drama. The decorated Swiss-German author, Sibylle Berg, has penned just such a work, in over 600 pages of lurid detail on post-post-historical socialization. Musician Steven Warwick provides a much-needed English review of Berg’s German tome, and ponders the realities of how one lives in the shadow of impending crises.

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September 2019

Current Issue

Issue No. 115
September 2019

In the current issue of Texte zur Kunst, “Literature,” we explore the emergence of the genre “autofiction”: a field in literature that has taken up space between the formally distinct categories of fiction and autobiography. We explore the writing of many of the most prominent voices collected under the label autofiction, including Annie Ernaux, Rachel Cusk, Deborah Levy, among others, whose works are exemplary in developing a form of writing in which the fictitious ego merges with the voices of others, where these voices potentially stand in for the social more generally.

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23. October 2019

Handlungsmöglichkeiten Christina Irrgang über Gideon Rubin in der Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln

Im Zusammenhang mit der letzten Ausgabe von Texte zur Kunst über Autofiktion wurde viel über das Format des Sich-Erinnerns im Verhältnis von Text zu Bild diskutiert. Als Beispiel galten hier vor allem die Romane von Annie Ernaux. Vor diesem Nicht-Vergessen mahnt auch der Künstler Gideon Rubin in seinen Malereien, die fast filmisch Sequenzen der Geschichte aufgreifen. Die Autorin Christina Irrgang schreibt über Rubins Ausstellung in Köln.

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19. October 2019

Animated Gifts in the Exchange System Reflections on Jack Whitten’s Painting, on the Occasion of the Exhibition “Jack Whitten: Jack’s Jacks” at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

The long overdue first solo exhibition in Europe of the late American painter Jack Whitten, "Jack's Jack's," opened in Spring 2019 at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The publisher of Texte zur Kunst, Isabelle Graw, took this unique exhibition as an opportunity to examine Whitten's work with regard to his latent animism. Her considerations go far beyond those of a review of the limited show, endeavoring instead to put the works shown in Berlin into the context of Whitten's larger oeuvre.

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Artists' Editions

Birgit Megerle, "Ohne Titel", 2019

16. October 2019

The Pleasure of Working Through A Conversation between Isabelle Graw and Samo Tomšič

The seemingly unfulfillable search for pleasure and enjoyment is at the core of what drives us as human beings. This fact is exploited by the systems of modern capital around the world, where pleasure is structurally linked to the work we do and the gratification it supposedly affords us. But pleasure and enjoyment are also central entry points into the practice of psychoanalysis. So, where do the two come together—psychoanalysis and modern forms of labor? This shared axis structures Berlin-based philosopher Samo Tomšič's latest book, The Labour of Enjoyment. Recently, co-founder and publisher of Texte zur Kunst, Isabelle Graw, sat down with Tomšič to discuss the implications of his recent study for the field of art.

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10. October 2019
Issue No. 111

The Horror, Vacui by Colin Lang

In the next issue of Texte zur Kunst, "Evil," we look at the forms in which evil occurs in the world today, without prejudice or predetermined ideas. Evil is nothing new, unfortunately, and in a different spirit, editor-in-chief, Colin Lang, examined the limits of criticism vis-a-vis US politics a little more than a year ago in the "Amerika" issue. His question at the time--how to formulate an analysis, to generate a critical language for evaluating authoritarianism 2.0--is sadly still all-too-relevant today. In anticipation of the forthcoming "Evil" issue, we offer this text as a reminder, and measure, for where we are today.

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4. October 2019

Scarlata: The Paintress of Modern Life Ana Vogelfang on Valentina Liernur at Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires

The work of the Argentinian artist Valentina Liernur sits squarely between the disciplines of performance and painting, both of which are often suffused in her exhibitions and installations. A new group of Liernur’s work was recently exhibited in their native Buenos Aires, and local artist and architect, Ana Vogelfang, offers her take on the significant of Liernur’s work.

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2. October 2019

Art Without a Shadow Sven Lütticken on Walid Raad at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Amid the controversy surrounding the recent withdrawal of the art prize awarded to Walid Raad by the City of Aachen, we turn our attention to neighboring Holland, where Raad was recently the recipient of his first solo exhibition in the country. As the exhibition closes, Sven Lütticken offers an analysis of the stakes of Raad’s practice beyond the dividing lines of camps and geopolitical crises. Raad’s multifarious practice puts the relationship of the archive and memory into question, building metafictional narratives out of the war-torn past of his native Beirut. In the context of the so-called “crisis of truth,” Raad’s work points away from knee-jerk claims to certainty and documentary fact, instead moving ever deeper into the fundamental void at the heart of any archive.

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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.