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Texte Zur Kunst magazine - issue 131 - Reading Room


Texte Zur Kunst / 131




Art criticism has been said to be in crisis for decades – and one of its mainstays, the review, would seem to be in no better shape. The number of exhibition reviews in the pages of national daily papers has been in continuous decline, and the material conditions that make the articulation of well-founded criticism possible are deteriorating. Moreover, at least in the domain of visual art, critics seem to be losing the taste for judgment: more and more often, solidly reasoned objections have ceded ground to affirmative description. This issue of TEXTE ZUR KUNST responds to the situation by making the case for the review and shedding light on its shifting circumstances.




TEXTE ZUR KUNST stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays, the quarterly magazine – which was founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and has been published, since 2000, in Berlin – offers interviews, roundtable discussions, and comprehensive reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory, and cultural politics. Since 2006, the journal's entire main section has been published in both German and English. Additionally, each issue features exclusive editions by internationally renowned artists, who generously support the magazine by producing a unique series.

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