“Idiom: Languages of Art”

“Idiom: Languages of Art”


Paul Cézanne, A Modern Olympia (detail), 1973-74. Courtesy of bpk / RMN - Grand Palais / Hervé Lewandowski.

December 6, 2017
“Idiom: Languages of Art”
December 2017 / issue no. 108
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In linguistics, an idiom is a particular expression or mode of speaking that cannot be translated. In art historical and art critical texts, one repeatedly encounters the concept of the idiom, but rarely spoken of as such. This issue of TZK examines the specific connections among material forms of articulation and iconographies that lead us to recognize different artistic activity as belonging to certain idiomatic groups. The theme was inspired by the stark difference evidenced this summer between Skulptur Projekte Münster, where art was largely recognizable as (Western ideations of) “art” and Documenta 14, with its claims of escaping the historical art canon(s). At a time when the relations within and among artistic systems are no longer so self-evident, we ask, here, what (aesthetic, material) languages art now speaks; what connections they may bear to previous artistic idioms (such as those related to Land Art or the abject); and how they are deployed to articulate various feminist, political, social, and ecological concerns.


Main section (in English and German):

Susanne Leeb
Idioms: The Minor “a”s of Art.

Artist’s Choice. Statements by: Mirjam Thomann / Anja Kirschner / Michael Dean / Linda Stupart / Bouchra Khalili / Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Giovanna Zapperi
Body of Evidence, Gestures of Dysfunction: Technology as Practice in the work of Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Yvonne Volkart
From Trash to Waste: On Art’s Media Geology

Monica Juneja
To Enter the Image: The Performative Self as Idiom

Dieter Lesage
Research and Form: On “Artistic Research” and its Aesthetic

Sven Lütticken
Modernist Memories: On the Contemporaneity of Günther Förg

Philipp Gufler
Image spread: Maybe Devotion Is the Only Thing I Can Offer You

Back Section (partial listing):

Philipp Wüschner on the symposium “Image Testimonies: Witnessing in Times of Social Media” (German)

Library Stack on Digital Art, Blockchain Archives, and Library Futures (English)

Madeleine Bernstorff on the cinema of Med Hondo at Kino Arsenal, Berlin (German)

Steven Warwick on “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at the New Museum, New York (English)

Sophie Goltz on “Radical Women” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (German)

Katie Serva on “The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000s Dress” at Ludlow 38 and Mathew Gallery, New York (English)

Isabelle Mehl on “Klassensprachen” at District Berlin (German)

Bert Rebhandl on Harun Farocki at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (German)

Inka Meißner on Verena Dengler at Kunsthalle Bern (German)

Andrew Durbin on Thomas Eggerer at Petzel Gallery, New York (English)

Jenny Nachtigall on “Odarodle” at the Schwules Museum, Berlin (German)

Bennett Simpson on William Leavitt at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (English)

Nuit Banai on Ericka Beckman at Secession, Vienna (English)

Helena Vilalta on Lee Lozano at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (English)

Karl Otto Götz (1914–2017) in the words of Sven Beckstette (German)

Plus artists’ editions by:
Candida Höfer
Ed Ruscha

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