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“What fascinates me in this Biennial is the thoroughly paradoxical combination of ‘punk rebelliousness’ and ‘meticulous formalism.’” — David Joselit
And: Art historian Christine Mehring tells the story of Interfunktionen — the seminal German magazine that helped bring about the “transformation of transatlantic art relations”– from its 1968 founding by Friedrich Heubach in protest against Documenta 4 to its implosion seven years later as new editor Benjamin H.D. Buchloh published Anselm Kiefer’s provocative “Occupations” series.
“Today Heubach laughs off frequent compliments for his good eye, saying ‘I simply followed my curiosity and the advice of artist friends’ like Wolf Vostell and Dan Graham. That’s why the pages of Interfunktionen are a kind of raw history, suspended in an exciting zone between the messy present and sure-footed predictions of an art-historical canon.” — Christine Mehring
Plus: As part of the new “In Conversation” series, Tim Griffin introduces a dialogue between Dan Graham and Michael Smith; Bennett Simpson talks with Matthew Barney about his collaboration with Arto Lindsay for Salvador’s Carnival; Peter Halley and Abigail Solomon-Godeau consider MoMA’s “Fashioning Fiction”; Svetlana Alpers remembers philosopher Richard Wollheim; and Miranda July counts down her Top Ten.
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