Sunday, May 6, 2007

The next documenta should be curated by an artist

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

After the opening of Documenta 11 several questions were posed to a group of international artists: What happens if artists take over and occupy territory usually reserved for curators? What happens if artists are asked to propose a concept for a large-scale group exhibition and take control over a prestigious exhibition such as Documenta? The responses to these questions, some in the form of full proposals or shorter comments, resulted in a publication, a web-based project and a conference titled The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist in 2003 and 2004.

Just before the opening of Docmenta 12 in Kassel this June, these questions and the responses are still at the center of the conversation about the role of large-scale international group exhibitions and the relationship between artists and curators.

Out of print for the last three years the The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist book is back and available again! Over 30 proposals will be back in print as a bootleg version of the original publication which will be launched on May 16th at the Swiss Institute in New York City.

Curated by Jens Hoffmann

Marina Abramovic
Pawel Althamer
John Baldessari
Ricardo Basbaum
Laura Belem
Dara Birnbaum
Daniel Buren
AA Bronson
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Morgan Fisher
Liam Gillick
Joseph Grigely
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Isabel Heimerdinger
Federico Herrero
Alfredo Jaar
Tim Lee
Ken Lum
Dorit Margreiter
John Miller
Jonathan Monk
Boris Ondreicka
Serkan Ozkaya
Florian Pumhosl
Martha Rosler
Julia Scher
Markus Schinwald
Tino Sehgal
Lawrence Weiner

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