Thinking through Painting

From Sternberg Press / Institut für Kunstkritik series

Thinking through Painting

Reflexivity and Agency beyond the Canvas

Edited by Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum and Nikolaus Hirsch

Distributed for Sternberg Press




Painting has demonstrated remarkable perseverance in the expanding field of contemporary art and the surrounding ecology of media images. It appears, however, to have dispelled its own once-uncontested material basis: no longer confined to being synonymous with a flat picture plane hung on the wall, today, painting instead tends to emphasize the apparatus of its appearance and the conduits of its circulation. With contributions by Peter Geimer, Isabelle Graw, and André Rottmann, Thinking through Painting investigates painting's traits and reception in cultural and socioeconomic discourse.

Contributors Peter Geimer, Isabelle Graw, André Rottmann

Institut für Kunstkritik Series


$16.00 T ISBN: 9783943365108 70 pp. | 4.75 in x 7.5 in 7 b&w illus.

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Isabelle Graw

Isabelle Graw (Frankfurt am Main/Berlin) is Professor of Art Theory and Art History at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste–Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. In 1990 Graw and Stefan Germer founded the quarterly magazine Texte zur Kunst. In 2003, Graw and Daniel Birnbaum founded the Institut für Kunstkritik at the Städelschule.

Daniel Birnbaum

Daniel Birnbaum is a Swedish art critic, theoretician, and curator. He was the director of the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet) in Stockholm from 2010 to 2018, and currently directs the VR company, Acute Art.

Nikolaus Hirsch