1. Research Library

        Politics/Poetics: Documenta X – the book

        Catherine David and Jean-Francois Chevrier

        Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz 1997

        ISBN 9783893229116

      1. Extremely influential 800-page volume (which goes far beyond any traditional catalog and fundamentally changes the way that contemporary art exhibitions make use of publications in years to come) documenting the intellectual and artistic research that went into documenta X, curated by Catherine David, Kunsthalle Fridericianum (and other venues), Kassel (21.06.–28.09.1997). In a highly interdisciplinary mode, the book (and the exhibition itself) charted an alternative history of post-1968 critical intellectual and artistic practices, and is in essence an anthology of texts and images of the development of western culture and critical theory since 1945. But the project also went well beyond the European sphere to include a consideration of Central and Eastern European artists as well as developments in Africa, the Middle East, and South America. This documenta also included the groundbreaking 100 Days, 100 Guests program, at which many of the most influential theorists and philosophers (i.e. Edward Said, Etienne Balibar, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak) were invited to speak. Given the inextricable link between theory, discourse, and contemporary art seen today, it is important to remember that this type of series was almost unprecedented at the time. Exhibited artists included: Pawel Althamer, Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé, Marcel Broodthaers, Peter Friedl, Johan Grimonprez, Wang Jianwei, William Kentridge, Martin Kippenberger, Chris Marker, Matthew Ngui, Gabriel Orozco, Marko Peljhan, Thomas Schütte, Nancy Spero, Jeff Wall, etc.