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View of “Pictures, Before and After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp,” 2014.

“Pictures, Before and After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp”

Galerie Buchholz | Berlin

View of “Pictures, Before and After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp,” 2014.

At a time when influencing artists’ exposure is one of the few powers left to a writer, the artist list for an exhibition in Douglas Crimp’s honor read like a testament to his point of view. The checklist of more than thirty artists, whom Crimp has variously written about, curated into exhibitions, worked for, or befriended, placed Joseph Cornell, Marcel Broodthaers, and Agnes Martin alongside Charles James, the Cockettes, Antonio Lopez, and others. Comprising hours of video, many pages of text, and dozens of artworks, “Pictures, Before and After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp” was organized by Galerie Buchholz “in conversation with” Crimp himself. The show was a valuable resource for anyone interested in the art and issues that the American art historian and critic has insisted on, scrutinized, and celebrated; at the same time, it was an argument about history itself.

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