Art critique

The Art of Criticism – Announcements

We live in a time when institutions, including those at the heart of the art world, are facing a wave of public scrutiny. Propelled by social media, deep questions about how institutions work – whether structurally, politically or financially – have become an increasingly prominent part of public life and discourse in recent years.

In this context, The art of criticism revisits the artistic practice of institutional criticism to question what it means today and to question its ability to respond to the social, political and economic urgencies of our time. Taking as a starting point the works of Tracey Emin, Andrea Fraser and Sarah Lucas from the collection of the Frans Hals Museum, The art of criticism uses a feminist approach to expand and challenge historical definitions of the traditional art of institutional criticism. These expanded forms of criticism function as precursors to the practices of the contemporary artists presented in this project. Collectively, the contemporary works shed new light on the legacy of institutional criticism while addressing such broad structural issues as labor practices in the creative industry, the development of cities, gender inequality, and interwoven histories. capitalism and colonialism.

The publication documents the long-term project at the Frans Hals Museum (2019-22) under the direction of Ann Demeester and based on a concept by Melanie Bühler – a symposium, Color Criticism (chapter One); an exhibition, Power of images (Chapter Two: Image Critique); and artist commissions (Chapter Three: Critical Structure)—as well as newly commissioned and translated artworks, conversations, and essays.

Edited by Mélanie Bühler.

Commissioned by Ann Demeester.

With contributions from Marie Angeletti, Karen Archey, Ute Meta Bauer, Melanie Bühler, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Harry Burke, Ann Demeester, Clémence Lollia Hilaire, Frima Fox Hofrichter, Andrea Fraser, Simon Fujiwara, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Alex Kitnick, Lynne Kouassi , Erik van Lieshout, Lloyd Corporation, Sven Lütticken, Daniel Morgenthaler, Marlie Mul, Becket MWN, Grace Ndiritu, D’Ette Nogle, Ahmet Öğüt, Ima-Abasi Okon, Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju, María Inés Plaza Lazo, Bea Schlingelhoff, Hito Steyerl , Juan Uribe, Dena Yago.

Designed by Sabo Day.

Co-published by Frans Hals Museum and Lenz Press.

The publication was generously supported by Outset Contemporary Art Funds Netherlands and VriendenLoterij.

Softcover, 288 pages, 21 x 29.7 cm
ISBN 979-12-80579-10-2

The publication can be purchased via Lenz Press.

Book launch events

Sunday July 3
San Serriffe, Sint Annenstraat 30, Amsterdam
With Melanie Bühler, Lloyd Corporation, Ann Demeester and Becket MWN, from 4:30 p.m.

Thursday August 25
CCA Berlin—Centre for Contemporary Art, Kurfürstenstraße 145, Berlin
With Melanie Bühler, Harry Burke, Simon Fujiwara, Ahmet Öğüt and Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju moderated by Edwin Nasr

Doors open at 6 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zurich
With ao Melanie Bühler, Ann Demeester, Raphael Gygax, Bea Schlingelhoff, Judith Welter, Maja Wismer, from 6 p.m.

Lenz Press
Via Adige 17

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