Aboubakar Fofana, Ka touba Farafina yé (Africa blessing), 2017. Both from Documenta 14.

Documenta 14

Athens, Greece

At the opening press conference of Documenta 14, “Learning From Athens,” artistic director Adam Szymczyk stated, “The great lesson is that there are no lessons.” These elusive words may well have been a disclaimer for an exhibition that rambled on without aim. Such large events are difficult to manage in general, but Documenta’s Athens endeavor required viewers to accept much of the responsibility for realizing the show’s potential and to make a sizable time commitment to text-based art. Though conceived as a multi-disciplinary project geared, one would think, to the art-loving public in the age of pluralism, the show’s goals were so abstruse as to require a high level of expertise…see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.

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