Art Communities at Risk: On Russia

AbstractThe artist writes about being persecuted by the Russian government for “body-positive” art, which could lead to a lengthy jail sentence.

Lu Märten: An Introduction to Four Texts

AbstractThis article presents an introduction to four texts that the German feminist-materialist art historian Lu Märten (1879–1970) published between 1903 and 1928. It outlines some of the major concepts of and contexts for this unduly neglected think…

On Black Affective Forms: A Conversation with Garrett Bradley ∗

AbstractIn this conversation—recorded in 2019 for the artist’s first solo museum exhibition—New Orleans–based Garrett Bradley discusses her filmic work as well as its relationship to institutional archives and personal communities with art historian Hu…

Art Communities at Risk: On Slovenia

Abstract“Art Communities At Risk: Slovenia” talks about how it is somehow easier to take a moral than a political position in times of crisis today—and how political manipulations often hide under seemingly moral attitudes. The author analyzes these is…

Art Communities at Risk: On Cuba

AbstractThe article discusses the political actions of Cuban artist group 27N, including a conversation with some of its members and one of its manifestoes.

Lu Märten: Four Texts ∗

AbstractThis article collects four texts written by German feminist-materialist art historian Lu Märten (1879–1970): “Artistic Aspects of Labor in Old and New Times” Published in 1903 in the social-democratic journal Die Zeit at a time when Märten dedi…

Art Work as Life Work: Lu Märten’s Feminist “Objectivity”

Abstract“Art Work as Life Work: Lu Märten’s Feminist ‘Objectivity’” highlights the feminist stakes of German feminist-materialist art historian Lu Märten’s interventions in the interwar discourses on art and labor, on objectivity (Sachlichkeit), and th…

Lubitsch, Shakespeare, and the Theatricality of Power ∗

AbstractErnst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942) was filmed during World War II and takes place in the early period of the Nazi occupation of Poland, yet it focuses on the story of a theater group, on actors, and on the metaphysical question of what …