Institute for Art Criticism

Any theory of art must also be a criticism of it.
Theodor W. Adorno

The Institute of Art Criticism was established by Prof Isabelle Graw and Prof Daniel Birnbaum in the summer of 2003. It examines art criticism and connected disciplines. The institute invites art historians, critics and writers to the Städelschule for lectures series and symposiums. It benefits and takes an impetus from the discourse by academics and art critics living in Frankfurt.

Selection of Event and Activities

Symposium, 19 and 20 January 2017
The Value of Critique
with Luc Boltanski, Sabeth Buchmann, Rainer Forst, Petra Gehring, Eva Geulen, Klaus Günther, Isabelle Graw, Rahel Jaeggi, Bruno Latour, Thomas Lemke, Marina Martinez Mateo, Christoph Menke, Judith Mohrmann, Philippe Pirotte, Juliane Rebentisch, John Roberts, Martin Seel, Dirk Setton, Beate Söntgen, Kerstin Stakemeier and Felix Trautmann

Lectures series, summer semester 2016 and winter semester 2017
Do it yourself. Deskilling and Reskilling in the Digital Techno Age
with Lucy McKenzie, Benjamin Buchloh, Beatrice von Bismarck, Julia Gelshorn, Rachel Haidu, Amalia Ulman and John Roberts

Lecture, 16 June 2016
Rehearsing Critique
Sabeth Buchmann

Talk, 20 April 2015
Institutional Critique in the Digital Age
Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Isabelle Graw and Josephine Pryde

Lecture, 9 November 2012
Photos, Pathos, Pothos / L’ image vivante selon Roland Barthes
Georges Didi-Huberman


Isabelle Graw, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Ed.)
Painting beyond Itself. The Medium in the Post-Medium Condition
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2016.

Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum, Nikolaus Hirsch (Ed.)
Thinking through Painting. Reflexivity and Agency beyond the Canvas
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2012.

Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum (Ed.): Jutta Koether: f.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2015.

Branden W. Joseph (Ed.): Kim Gordon: Is It My Body? Selected Texts.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2014.

Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Ed.): Ewa Lajer-Burcharth: Chardin Material.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2011.

Isabelle Graw, Daniel Birnbaum, Nikolaus Hirsch (Ed.): Art and Subjecthood. The Return of the Human Figure in Semiocapitalism.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2011.

Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Ed.): The Power of Judgment. A Debate on Aesthetic Critique.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2010.

Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Ed.): John Kelsey: Rich Texts. Selected Writing for Art. Sternberg Press, Berlin 2010.

Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Ed.): Under Pressure. Pictures, Subjects, and the New Spirit of Capitalism.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2008.

Daniel Birnbaum, Isabelle Graw (Ed.): Canvases and Careers Today. Criticism and Its Markets.
Sternberg Press, Berlin 2008.