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Leora Maltz-Leca

by Suzanne Volmer

Documenta is the art world’s version of a G-8 Summit. This year, the iteration of Documenta 14 has coincided with the Basel Art Fair and Venice Biennale and differs from the other venues mentioned because it is not of a commercial context. It is a think tank that began in Kassel, Germany in 1955 and occurs every five years as a curatorial platform of experimentation and trendsetting exhibition planning. Curators prime themselves to respond to the ideas and theories forwarded. Documenta 14 continues through September 17 and is split between Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece.

Leora Maltz-Leca, associate professor of contemporary art history and chair of the history of art and visual culture at Rhode Island School of Design and the newly appointed curator of contemporary projects at Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island, attended Documenta 14. She was “Cornered” by Artscope’s Suzanne Volmer to share her impressions of the event.

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