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Texte zur Kunst September 2012 / Issue No. 87 out now

The September issue of Texte zur Kunst is dedicated to conflict and reflects on the current state of (art) criticism.

The end of art criticism has been predicted for quite a while now. As far as we can see, the dilemma, however, is not that criticism is no longer possible or can no longer be articulated, but that the will to engage in debates within art criticism is lacking. But for what purpose should art criticism be formulated, if not primarily to enhance its own discourse? In the best case, art criticism is an open process in which contentious voices are continuously involved in negotiating the possibilities, principles, and questionable aspects of artistic production. In view of this ideal, we call for bringing contention and dispute back to the centre of art criticism, to force it to engage in a serious debate. Dissent in art critique and in the debate on art in general is absolutely necessary to time and again determine its conditions and the criteria of one’s own judgments. We are simultaneously interested in contentious positions and latitude for art-critical and artistic practices, in which one thing above all is revealed: Critique and, connected to it, dispute are essential—and feasible.

Plus reviews from Berlin, Graz, Karlsruhe, London, Los Angeles, Lund, Mönchengladbach, Munich, Münster, New York, Vienna, and the dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel.

Exclusive new artists’ editions:
Gabriel Orozco, Manfred Pernice

English Content


Peter Geimer
The Necessity of Critique and the Love of Art

Johannes Grave & Beate Söntgen
Inner Conflict
Art criticism, seen from its beginnings

A debate on dOCUMENTA (13) between Christoph Menke, Susanne Leeb, and Sven Beckstette

Nairy Baghramian
Le Mépris

Party For Your Right to Fight
An interview with Georgia Sagri by Gareth James

Tim Griffin
Notes on an Art Domain


Rhea Anastas
Of the Numbers Shows Being Made
On From Conceptualism to Feminism. Lucy Lippard’s Numbers Shows 1969–74 by Cornelia Butler and other authors

Andreas Wutz
The Realism in Surrealism
On the filmic work of Peter Weiss

David Reisman
The Social Network
On Jana Euler at Real Fine Arts, New York

Juli Carson
Watercolor in the Brain
On dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel

Alex Kitnick
I Feel the Earth Move
On Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

John Beeson
The Beautiful Gardener
On Kaucyila Brooke at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Artists’ Editions

Gabriel Orozco
Batwaves, 2012

Manfred pernice
Permafrost, 2012

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