Isabelle Graw: "And the Winner is: Criticism"
Dienstag, 1. Dezember, 19 Uhr, Aula

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.

There is no "criticism" as such but different notions and practices of Criticism that have to be examined. As far as art critics are concerned, this talk starts from the premise that there is currently a tendency towards "expanded competence profiles" to be observed. These extended competence profiles - embodied for instance by the critic-curator - are considered to be symptomatic for increased market pressures. While avoiding any nostalgic plea for a return to a more restricted division of labor, it will be demonstrated how criticism as a concept actually implies the production of dualisms. And one of the main dualisms that Criticism assumes and produces is the Dualism between "Art" and "The Market". While pointing to Criticism´s implication in market conditions, Graw nevertheless insists on its potential to question hegemonic value judgments.

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Graw lives and works in Berlin. She founded "Texte zur Kunst", recently published "Der große Preis. Kunst zwischen Markt und Celebrity Kultur" and is a Professor of Art History and Criticism at the Städelschule.