Mad Garland

CCS Bard Galleries, April 29 – May 27, 2012

Artist: Jutta Koether

How can we understand Mad Garland —or better yet—what “chain of theoretical effects” does it set off? (1) If pinning down the work is a struggle, I am led to believe that this is entirely its intention. Mad Garland does not give itself up easily, in part because it does not sit still. Its catenary figure materializes and liquidizes as it moves from Nicolas Poussin to Nick Land to Jan Fyt to Francis Bacon to Deleuze and Guattari to Quentin Meillassoux to T. J. Clark to “The Speculative Turn” to Pierre Klossowski and back again. It moves in and out of painting. It is a prop, an offering, a trigger, and perhaps most of all, it is a way to get from one place to another.

Mad Garland is decelerating. It comes to the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in a pile up.  Then it moves on(2)

Curated by Jenny Jaskey

Artist Biography

Jutta Koether (b. 1958) has an expanded artistic practice that includes painting, performance, writing and music. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Whitney Biennial, New York (2012); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2011); Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin (2010); Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2009); Bergen Kunsthall (2008); Kunsthalle Bern (2007).


(1) Francois Laruelle, The Concept of Non-Photography, trans. Robin Mackay (New York: Sequence Press, 2011) 71.

(2) Jutta Koether and Jenny Jaskey will be publishing a book, Mad Garland, due out in May 2012.


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