20+ YEARS WITTE DE WITH
What is Witte de With? This internationally-oriented contemporary art institution, based in Rotterdam, has assumed several identities over the years. It is often seen as an authored space, wrought by the personalities and passions of its directors—to date Chris Dercon, Bartomeu Marí, Catherine David, interim director Hans Maarten van den Brink and, most recently, Nicolaus Schafhausen. With the newly appointed director—Defne Ayas—there is renewed speculation about the possibilities of this mercurial space for art. Encapsulating the multiple potentials of an art institution, 20+ YEARS WITTE DE WITH, is a richly illustrated survey publication that appears in English and Dutch.
Work on this book begun in a year of jubilant 20th anniversary celebrations and it has been two years in the making. In the intervening period, the stakes of the project have changed, as the current Dutch government’s rhetoric of dismissal and radical funding cuts threaten to undo decades of dynamic cultural development. However, the “+” in our title (added to indicate that the cut-off date of this publication exceeds the 20 year anniversary that occasioned it) can be read as a signal of our confidence in the surplus value of art and—by extension—Witte de With.
With essays by Koen Kleijn, Andrew Renton, Ken Lum; extensively illustrated year-by-year account of every exhibition, book, education project and public event produced by Witte de With to date; as well as listings of all staff and board members and an index of the over 2000 artists, curators, writers, designers, musicians, activists and more, who have contributed to the institution’s program over the years.
Edited by Zoë Gray, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk
ISBN: 978-90-73362-94-9 (Dutch Book)
ISBN: 978-90-73362-93-2 (English Book)
UPCOMING PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS:
- Art Rotterdam, 8–12 February 2012
The book will be featured on our booth
- ARCO Madrid, Friday 17 February 2012 at 4pm
Presentation by former Witte de With curator Zoë Gray as part of the The Dutch Assembly
Which artists have laid the foundations for contemporary cultural production? Between 2008 and 2009, Witte de With Center held a monthly lecture series, posing this question to leading art historians and critics, which resulted in this publication. Each was asked to speak on the work of an artist of their choosing.
With essays by: George Baker, Mieke Bal, Ina Blom, Dominic van den Boogerd, Douglas Crimp, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Helmut Friedel, Donald Kuspit, Sven Lütticken, Peter Osborne, Chantal Pontbriand, Kaja Silverman, Anne M. Wagner & John C. Welchman
About: Vito Acconci, Lynda Benglis & Robert Morris, Louise Bourgeois, Gerard Byrne, René Daniëls, Mike Kelley, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pablo Picasso, Yvonne Rainer, Gerhard Richter, Doris Salcedo, Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall and more…
Edited by Juan A. Gaitán, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk
Co-published with Sternberg Press, Berlin
REFLECTIONS 02: ON SUPER-DIVERSITY
By TARIQ RAMADAN
The prolific and provocative scholar and activist Tariq Ramadan was invited by Witte de With to consider the concept of super-diversity, which implies a re-evaluation of diversity beyond the ethno-focal understanding so as to adopt a multi-dimensional approach.
Series editors Nicolaus Schafhausen, Caroline Schneider and Monika Szewczyk
Published in English with translations into Arabic (by Salam Shughry and Sahar Mandour) and Dutch (by Walter van der Star)
Co-published with Sternberg Press, Berlin
THE BOOK LAUNCH DISCUSSION BETWEEN TARIQ RAMADAN & WILLEM SCHINKEL WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY
Source Book 10: Angela Bulloch
Published on the occasion of the exhibition SHORT BIG DRAMA: Angela Bulloch, which runs through 9 April 2012. With contributions by the artist, George van Dam, Amira Gad, Nav Haq, Christine Lange & Christoph Dreher, John Miller, Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Edited by Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Monika Szewczyk
Find it first at PA/PER VIEW ART BOOK FAIR, Brussels 23–25 May 2012
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