Texte zur Kunst is a German contemporary art magazine.
Texte zur Kunst was founded in 1990 in Cologne by art historian Stefan Germer and political scientist Isabelle Graw. It has been published in Berlin since 2000. Since the death of Stefan Germer in 1998, Graw has acted as publication’s sole publisher.
Texte zur Kunst is published in the small journal format of 166 x 230 mm and contains approximately 300 pages. Issues are thematic and feature essays, interviews, and round-table discussions that address culture-sector questions relating to contemporary art, socio-political theory, and cultural policy from an art historical and sociological perspective. Themes focus on areas of art, institutional critique, feminism, media criticism and theory of subjectivity.
In an interview with Ingo Arend for the Die Tageszeitung, Isabelle Graw positioned the magazine as left-wing. Artist and curator Wolfgang Müller describes it as individualistic neoliberal and hermetic. The magazine is influenced by the journal October, but differentiates itself by also covering pop-culture. Unlike other art magazines, it aims to critically examine rather than promote art and demystify the production conditions of art.
With each issue, Texte zur Kunst offers artist’s editions by contemporary artists, which help support the journal’s publication.
Editors & Advisory Board
Editorial staff past & present (partial list):
Isabelle Graw & Stefan Germer (EICs), Isabell Lorey, Astrid Wege, Tom Holert, Clemens Krümmel (EIC), Sabeth Buchmann, Susanne Leeb, Martin Conrads, Esther Buss, André Rottmann (EIC), Mirjam Thomann, Sven Beckstette (EIC), John Beeson, Oona Lochner, Philipp Ekardt (EIC), Hanna Magauer, Caroline Busta (EIC), Anke Dyes, Colin Lang (EIC), Nadja Abt, Katharina Hausladen (EIC), Genevieve Lipinsky de Orlov
The journal is guided by an advisory board appointed by Graw. Members include: Sven Beckstette, Sabeth Buchmann, Diedrich Diederichsen, Helmut Draxler, Jutta Koether, Clemens Krümmel, Susanne Leeb, Dirk von Lowtzow, Hanna Magauer, Juliane Rebentisch, André Rottmann, Beate Söntgen, Kerstin Stakemeier, Mirjam Thomann and Brigitte Weingart.