Issue 109: “Art Without Rules?”

Issue 109: “Art Without Rules?”


Texte zur Kunst #109. Photo: Nimrod Kamer.

March 6, 2018
Issue 109: “Art Without Rules?”
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In light of the recent spate of revelations detailing abuses of power within the culture sector, the March issue of Texte zur Kunst considers art’s relation to rules—or rather, the exceptions to them that art and its agents seem to claim. How, then, to speak of rules in the context of art, where transgressions are lauded even while traditional hierarchies continue to assert their influence? And would we demand anything less of art than the promise of disobedience, rule breaking both in terms of formal restrictions and normative regulation?

While the consequences of disregarding rules can be dire, too, this issue does not aim to expose further corruption or to demand that certain limits be imposed. Instead, it seeks to investigate the correspondences between the rules of artmaking and those of the larger institutions that support and profit from art’s purported freedom. In short, this issue asks: by what rules does the art world play, and how are transgressions made visible/invisible therein?

Main section (in English and German):

Katharina Hausladen
My, Your, Our #MeToo Moment

Josephine Pryde
Men of the Left

Christoph Menke
Beyond Autonomy

Lucy McKenzie
They Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time

Hal Foster
Transgression & Vigilance

Coco Fusco
Learning the Rules of the Game

New Development:
Clemens Apprich on Machine Learning and Bias (in English)

Reviews (partial listing):
Vojin Sasa Vukadinovic on Chris Kraus’ After Kathy Acker (in German)
Avery Singer on Laura Owens at the Whitney Museum (in English)
Melanie Gilligan on Jasper Bernes’s The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (in English)
Marietta Kesting on the 3rd Berliner Herbstsalon (in German)
Georg Imdahl on Carmen Herrera at K20, Düsseldorf (in German)
Sven Lütticken on stanley brouwn at Jan Mot, Brussels, and at EENWERK, Amsterdam (in English)
Jenni Tischer on R. H. Quaytman at the Vienna Secession (in German)
Julia Elizabeth Neal on Frank Bowling at Haus der Kunst, Munich (in English)
Tina Schulz on Ed Atkins at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (in German)
Nicolas Guagnini on Stephen Prina at Capitain Petzel, Berlin (in English)
Melanie Ohnemus on Julia Haller at Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien (in German)
Mikael Brkic on Matias Faldbakken at the Astrup Fearnley (in English)
Anna Voswinckel on Marianne Wex at Tanya Leighton, Berlin (in German)

Peter Bürger (1936–2017) in the words of Regine Prange (in German)

Plus artists’ editions by:
Katharina Grosse
Yngve Holen


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