Theaster Gates and Tino Sehgal at Home in dOCUMENTA
by Aaron Betsky, Architect, June 12th, 2012
This year, Documenta was all about place. Not the open space of Modernism, nor the fetishization of a human or natural geography, but the ways in which human beings make a place for themselves in space, time, and geography. Documenta is an art show that appears in the German town of Kassel once every five years. It started in 1955, when this was not just the boondocks, but close to the border with East Germany, as a showcase for Western freedom and creativity. Over the years, its politics have shifted towards the problems of globalization, even as it participants and viewers have come to reflect that international cultural scene.
Related Artists: Theaster Gates