Gareth James

The Anti-Museum : An Anthology
Mathieu Copeland, Balthazar Lovay (Eds.)

The museum is constantly a target for criticism, whether it comes from artists, thinkers, curators, or even the public. From the avant-gardes of the twentieth century up until our contemporary era, the museum’s suspect position has generated countless gestures, iconoclastic actions, scathing attacks, utopias, and alternative exhibition spaces. For the first time, this anthology is devoted to the anti-museum, through anti-art, the anti-artist, anti-exhibition, as well as anti-architecture, anti-philosophy, anti-religion, anti-cinema and anti-music. This notion – unpatented but regularly reappropriated – traces the erratic, fractured, and sometimes paradoxical counter-history of the contestation of artistic institutions. From the first anti-exhibition to the first catalog retracing the history of “Closed Exhibitions,” from Dada to Noise music, from “Everything is Art” to NO!art, the Japanese avant-gardes to Lettrist cinema, and not forgetting such major protest figures as Gustav Metzger, Henry Flynt, Graciela Carnevale, and Lydia Lunch, The Anti-Museum sketches a polyphonic panorama where negation is accompanied by a powerful breath of life.

Edited by Mathieu Copeland and Balthazar Lovay.
Introduction by: Mathieu Copeland.
Texts by: Zach Blas, Johannes Cladders, Beatriz Colomina, Henry Flynt, Kenneth Goldsmith, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Robert Morris, Bob Nickas, Sören Schmeling, Reiko Tomii, Jon Hendricks, Jean Toche, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Allan Wallach, Guerilla Art Action Group, Robert Morris, Gareth James and many more
Features interviews/conversations with John Armleder, Robert Barry, Ben, Genesis P-Orridge, Andrea Branzi, Piero Gilardi, Mierle Laderman Ukeles and many more

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Michael Krebber, Gareth James, John Kelsey, Josef Strau
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The artist and professor Michael Krebber recently invited his colleagues Gareth James, John Kelsey and Josef Strau to participate in an exhibition with the title “Ical Krbbr Prdly Prsnts Gart Jas, Jon Klsy, Josf Stra.” Minus a few of the necessary letters, the artists’ names became a wall painting transformed into concrete poetry. As the exhibition freed itself from the curator’s reins, the resulting exhibition catalogue also goes against conventional form and order. For example, a foreword by the editor turns out to be an artist’s improvised speech on the topic of “Puberty in Painting” “Now I have written: I can’t decide any longer for one of these points of views or non-points of views.” Artworks are not presented in groups by artist, but rather by associative links of picture strips, found-object texts, prose, drawings and collages.

This title is now out of print.

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST #100
December 2015 "The Canon"


ISSUE NO. 100
DECEMBER 2015
„THE CANON“

“Our 100th issue is dedicated to the question of the “canon.” We take up this theme with an interest in reflecting on the journal’s own role in the field of contemporary art — one that, when first initiated in 1990, was markedly counter-canonical, vigorously contesting certain methods of critique while supporting others. And yet, we pause here to acknowledge that after 25 years, we have also doubtlessly played a crucial part in shaping a particular discourse, even normativizing it to some degree. Could it even be said that TzK has established a canon in its own right? With this issue, we now take stock of what TzK’s relationship to the canon might be, and moreover, what the notion of canonicity in 2015 might now represent.”

– Texte Zur Kunst

ISSUE NO. 100 / DECEMBER 2015 “THE CANON”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

TOM HOLERT
IN PRAISE OF PRESUMPTUOUSNESS: “KANON-POLITIK ” (1992) REVISITED

DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN
MIKE KELLEY

SABETH BUCHMANN
MEDIAL (SELF-)MOVEMENT

ISABELLE GRAW
CANON AND CRITIQUE: AN INTERPLAY / Heimo Zobernig

JULIANE REBENTISCH
25 ARTISTS FROM 1990 TO 2015 / And 25 reasons why each belongs in the Texte zur Kunst canon

GERTRUD KOCH
POLYPHONY OR DISSONANCE / Are there artists lost in the canon?

KERSTIN STAKEMEIER
MORE MANNERISM / Ruth May and Jan Molzberger

GUNTER RESKI
EMBEDDED NUDES / Arno Rink

ALEXANDER GARCÍA DÜTTMANN
OLD WOMEN / Maria Lassnig’s “Du oder ich” (You or me), 2005

BEATE SÖNTGEN
ROSEMARIE TROCKEL

NICK MAUSS
IAN WHITE

TESS EDMONSON
DIS

HANNA MAGAUER
POST-INTERNET: THE NEW ORDER

JOSEPHINE PRYDE
THE INDIVIDUAL

CAROLINE BUSTA
BAD CANON

SIMON DENNY
DISRUPT

KEN OKIISHI
CITIZENSHIP

VALENTINA LIERNUR
SELF-REFLECTIVE SUBJECTS

JUTTA KOETHER
FIGURE OF PAINT: ON THE INCONTROVERTIBLE!

ALICE CREISCHER AND ANDREAS SIEKMANN
TUCUMÁN ARDE

PAMELA M. LEE
GROUP MATERIAL

FELIX VOGEL
MARTIN BECK

SVEN BECKSTETTE
STURTEVANT

CLAIRE FONTAINE
TOWARD A CANONIC FREEDOM

SVEN LÜTTICKEN
FALLING APART, TOGETHER

ROBERT KULISEK AND DAVID LIESKE
HUSBANDS HAVE GOT TO DIE! / A conversation about Taryn Simon

BRIGITTE WEINGART
GREAT & SMALL

HELMUT DRAXLER
CANON OF EXISTENCE, ETHICS OF THE BREAK

ROTATION

ELECTROCONVULSIVE LIT / John Kelsey on Sylvère Lotringer’s “Mad Like Artaud”

REVIEWS

VERWISCHTE GRENZEN / Robert Müller über „Radikal Modern. Planen und Bauen im Berlin der 1960er-Jahre“ in der Berlinischen Galerie

AGING INTO NEW WORLDS: DEUTSCH-AMERIKANISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT / Bettina Funcke surveys five fall 2015 shows in New York

ANGEWANDTER HISTOMAT / Ariane Müller über „to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer. Künstlerische Praktiken um 1990“ im Mumok, Wien

ENIGMA IN THE MIRROR / Luis Felipe Fabre on “In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni” at Museo Jumex, Mexico City

WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD / Nuit Banai on R. H. Quaytman at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

IST KUNST EIN SEXUALPROBLEM? / Eva Birkenstock über Lea Lublin im Lenbachhaus, München

HERE’S NOT HERE / Damon Sfetsios and Elise Duryee-Browner on Stephan Dillemuth at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

WEAK LOCAL LINEAMENTS / Gareth James on Sam Lewitt at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

OBITUARIES

PETER SCHEIFFELE (1971–2015)
by Ilka Becker
CHANTAL AKERMAN (1950–2015)
by Tim Griffin

EDITION

JOHN BALDESSARI
NHU DUONG
PETER FISCHLI/DAVID WEISS
WADE GUYTON
RACHEL HARRISON
SARAH MORRIS
ALBERT OEHLEN
RICHARD PHILLIPS
SETH PRICE
GERHARD RICHTER
ROSEMARIE TROCKEL

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D.A.F. de Sade, et al

D.A.F. de Sade with contributions by Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, and Antek Walczak.

Translation by Robin Mackay
Edited by Erik Wysocan

Weep no more, citizens; they breathe, these celebrated men for whom we cry; our patriotism reanimates them…

Presented in honor of Marat and Le Pelletier, “Citizen Sade” wrote this memorial address at the height of violence during the French Revolution, just after the start of the Reign of Terror. The text, effusive and cloyingly patriotic, brings to question Sade’s own political position – a provocative impulse all the more remarkable given the addresses audience: the gathered Section des Piques, amongst the most hardline Jacobin districts of Paris. Though frequently cited and made infamous as the inspiration for Peter Weiss’ influential work of avant-garde theater Marat/Sade, the text itself has remained obscure outside of France.

Presented in English for the first time, this new translation by Robin Mackay serves as the historical foundation for a collection of artists’ writings. Included are Paul Chan, Claire Fontaine, Gareth James, Sam Lewitt, Pratchaya Phinthong, Pamela Rosenkranz, John Russell, and Antek Walczak.

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