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Documenta 14: Learning From Athens, Learning From Crisis

by Corinna Kirsch and Anastasia Tuazon on June 9, 2017
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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. Though the word “political” can refer to pretty much anything or nothing when it comes to curation, Szymczyk and team have carved out a specific focus: the local is the global. And right now, documenta envisions that the world is in need of being rebuilt entirely—from the ground up.

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W.A.G.E. Mocks Documenta Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev For Use of Free Labor

by Whitney Kimball on February 11, 2013
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W.A.G.E. wants Documenta curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to rethink her attitude that artists should come free to her exhibitions. “If you were an artist,” she says in the clip, “you didn’t get any money, no, because you were invited to the exhibition.” “Invited.” They should thank her! The video comes from a panel around the time of her Creative Time Summit talk, which flew off the rails when Christov-Bakargiev decided the time slot wasn’t long enough.

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Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Descends on New York

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on October 18, 2012
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ArtReview’s Power 100 list is out, so that’s going to be a day wasted in listicle chatter. This thing isn’t any less flawed than those page-view friendly rating slideshows ArtINFO puts together twice a month but it does include one listing we think is worth raising an eyebrow over. That eyebrow goes to dOCUMENTA (13) Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who nabbed the number one slot this year. Her position warrants the rating, but given what we’ve seen recently, how she got there is anyone’s guess.

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