Dear God or Hannah Arendt, whomever is listening: I cannot believe what I read today. Dieter Roelstraete, one of documenta 14’s curators, writes in the essay, quoted above, how the exhibition’s ambitions align with “a German proclivity to seek resolutions of social conflicts within art, within subjectively constructed realms, rather than to oppose authorities in public.”We’re living in dark times and art is going along with the status quo, yet again.
You don’t need to go to Kassel, Germany to know that the world seems on shaky ground. But this year’s documenta exhibition, “Learning From Athens,” nails home that idea, nonetheless. That’s quite intentional, given that documenta 14 artistic director Adam Szymczyk, along with a team of more than a dozen curators, chose to stake out a markedly “political” point of view.
By Corinna Kirsch in Painting and The 1970s and 1980s (U.S. history). "Review of Martin Wong: Human Instamatic, edited by Antonio Sergio Bessa." Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 2 no. 1 (Summer, 2016).
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