Monika Szewczyk

Monika Szewczyk is a writer, editor, and curator based in Berlin and Rotterdam. She is Head of Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, and a contributing editor of A Prior magazine.

  • Cornerstones

    Cornerstones

    Juan A. Gaitán, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and Monika Szewczyk

    This publication compiles a series of essays on contemporary art written by leading art historians and experts. The majority of the essays were first presented in lecture format at Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, the Netherlands).

    Bringing together both historical and intuitive approaches, these essays reflect the wealth of the exchange that exists between theoretical writing and artistic thinking, sharing the fascination that each of these authors has with both the work of an artist and how this work functions in relation to larger contexts and broader ideas.

    Co-published with Witte de With

    Contributors George Baker, Mieke Bal, Ina Blom, Dominic van den Boogerd, Douglas Crimp, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Helmut Friedel, Donald Kuspit, Sven Lütticken, Peter Osborne, Chantal Pontbriand, Kaja Silverman, Anne M. Wagner, John Welchman

    • Paperback $28.00
  • Meaning Liam Gillick

    Meaning Liam Gillick

    Monika Szewczyk

    The first critical reader on one of today's most pivotal (and perplexing) contemporary artists.

    Liam Gillick emerged as part of the generation of “Young British Artists” who energized the British art scene in the 1980s and 1990s. He is now one of the most influential (and perplexing) artists in all of contemporary art. Gillick's discursive mode of art practice—often associated with “relational aesthetics”—complicates object production, embraces the exhibition as medium, and explores the social role and function of art. His body of work includes variations on “discussion platforms” (architectural structures that question or facilitate social interaction), text sculptures, and published texts that reflect on the increasing gap between utopian idealism and the real world. Artist, writer, curator, and provocateur, Gillick explores how an artistic practice can be conducted and represented, while at the same time questioning curatorial practice and the conventions of applied design. This reader coincides with a year-long, multi-venue, mid-career retrospective that serves both as a continuous investigation into Gillick's practice and an in-depth study of his work to date. The book offers a range of critical perspectives on Gillick's work. Among them: political scientist Chantall Mouffe develops her notion of radical democracy and antagonism; sociologist Maurizio Lazzarato (whose theorization of immaterial labor influenced Gillick) comments on the current economic crisis; philosopher and artist Benoît Maire links Gillick to continental philosophy; and Johanna Burton questions Gillick's practice in the context of feminist critique.ContributorsPeio Aguirre, Julieta Aranda, Johanna Burton, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Kelsey, Maurizio Lazzarato, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Benoît Maire, Chantall Mouffe, Barbara Steiner, Marcus Verhagen

    • Paperback $19.95 £15.99

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  • What Do We Know? What Do We Have? What Do We Miss? What Do We Love?

    What Do We Know? What Do We Have? What Do We Miss? What Do We Love?

    Jahresring 65

    Brigitte Oetker and Nicolaus Schafhausen

    An example of the potential (and the contradictions) of contemporary alliances between art, design, and social entrepreneurship.

    Fogo Island, a fishing settlement with approximately 2,500 inhabitants, located off the coast of Newfoundland, saw its livelihood almost devastated in the mid-twentieth century because of industrial overfishing. The island is now experiencing a social, economic, and cultural transformation, due in part to a recent series of art, social business, and asset-based community development initiatives. Now, Fogo Island stands as an example of the potential (but also the contradictions) of contemporary alliances between art, design, and social entrepreneurship.

    • Paperback $29.95