The Daily Pic

06.05.12

Art's Most Promising Sprawl

The Daily Pic: Documenta's coming, and hopes are high

This piece by dance pioneer Trisha Brown was one of the few strong moments in the last Documenta art festival, in Kassel, Germany in 2007 – the 12th edition of the world’s most important art show. The 13th Documenta previews over coming days, and I’m pretty optimistic. I spoke to its director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, for last week’s Newsweek, and she had some interesting thoughts on the coming end of fine art, as a specialized pursuit, and its absorption back into the society at large. Also, since that interview, a long list of the show’s artists has leaked. Among the names I know there’s hardly a dud. Better yet, there are tons of names I don’t know. The show sprawls across more than 50 venues, and I can’t wait to get on a bike and take them in – and feature some as my Daily Pic.

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