From Hito Steyrl's criticism of the Sackler family through the «Tear Gas Biennale» statement leading a board member to step back from the Whitney’s board, public outcries kept making headlines in the artworld in 2019.

At this Crit Cross we want to step back and reflect on what’s happening. What are the forms the critique takes? What are its reasons and effects? What’s its relationship to art as art? Are there more reasons to be critical now than before or are the critics more empowered?

Tuesday, 12. November, 6:30pm
Kunsthalle Wien
Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna


Visiting Critics Vienna 2018


Visiting Critics Vienna on Art and their Approach to Criticism


Friday, 16. November 2018, 7pm
Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
1030 Vienna


In the framework of Verein K’s residency for four international art critics Visiting Critics Vienna 2018 a panel discussion will be held on the role of art criticism. 
How does art in Vienna look from the perspective of international art critics? How do they see the role of criticism today? Are there national differences in writing about art? In the final discussion of Verein K’s residency program Visiting Critics Vienna, we will address these and many more questions. 
During an intense one week program, the participants discover institutions and galleries and have personal encounters with artists, theorists, curators and other representatives of the Viennese art scene. Eventually they write about an exhibition, event or artist related to the contemporary art scene in Austrian in international or Austrian art magazines – but before that the four guests talk at the KUNST HAUS WIEN about their impressions from Vienna and their conception of criticism.
Aleksei Borisionok (Belarus), Sean O’Toole (South Africa), Josie Thaddeus-Johns (UK)Daniel Udy (UK/Canada) 
Klaus Speidel (Germany/Austria)




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Verein K – Kunst, Kultur, Kommunikation 
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