"All theory of art must thus also be a critique of it," Theodor W. Adorno
The Institute for Art Criticism was founded by Isabelle Graw, professor for art theory and art history at Städelschule and by Daniel Birnbaum, former Rector of the Städelschule in summer 2003. It focuses on the practice of criticism and its manifold relationships to other disciplines. The institute regularly invites art historians, philosophers, critics, and artists. It benefits from the discourse produced by the professors of the school and many Frankfurt-based art critics and academics. The complex relationship between criticism and artistic practice is particularly relevant to the Städelschule, well-known for its experimentally inclined students.
With more than 30 publications dedicated to the history and theory of images, Georges Didi-Huberman is one of the most recognized French intellectuals. As a philosopher and art historian, he has published prolific books such as «Ce que nous voyons, ce qui nous regarde» (1992) and «Images in Spite of all: Four Photographs from Auschwitz» (2012). Didi-Huberman teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and curated several exhibitions including «L'Empreinte» at Centre Georges Pompidou (1997) and «ATLAS. How to Carry the World on One's Back?» at the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2011).
In the past, the following symposiums were held:
THE POWER OF CRITICISM
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Yves-Alain Bois, Tim Griffin, Helmut Draxler, Jutta Koether, Niklas Maak
UNTER DRUCK – Über Subjektförmige Bilder, Gesellschaftliche Individuen und den neuen Geist des Kapitalismus. Eine Konferenz in drei Sektionen
30.11.2005: W.T.Mitchell und Sabeth Buchmann
15.12.2006: Paolo Virno, Martin Saar, Daniel Birnbaum
15.12.2007: Luc Boltanski, Sighard Neckel, Isabelle Graw
CANVASES AND CAREERS TODAY – Criticism and its markets.
George Baker, Johanna Burton, Isabelle Graw, Tom, Holert, John Kelsey, Branden Joseph, Melanie Gilligan, Merlin Carpenter
FAREWELL TO CONTEMPORARY ART
Alexander Alberro, Jack Bankowski, Carrie Lambert Beatty
THE POWER OF JUDGEMENT
Christoph Menke, Daniel Loick, Isabelle Graw
Ewa Lajer Burcharth: Chardin Material (responses: Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum)
ART AND SUBJECTHOOD – the return of the human figure in semiocapitalism
Isabelle Graw, Hal Foster, Caroline Busta, Michael Sanchez, Ina Blom
Friday 9. November 2012, 19h, Atrium
Georges Didi-Huberman: Photos, Pathos, Pothos / L'«IMAGE VIVANTE» SELON ROLAND BARTHES
Peter Osbourne: Art of the Contemporary: From Memory to History
Tuesday 10. June 2014, 19h, Aula
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Isabelle Graw and Josephine Pryde: Institutional Critique in the digital age.
Monday 20. April 2015, 15h, UDK, Hardenbergstr.33, 10623 Berlin
Sabeth Buchmann: Rehearsing Critique
Tuesday 16. June 2015, 19h, Aula