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Parkett 98

Parkett 98 cover image: Ed Atkins

Parkett 98 Launch &
A Conversation with Mika Rottenberg at the Swiss Institute New York

Parkett and the Swiss Institute invite you to celebrate Parkett’s summer issue in New York on July 6 at the Swiss Institute.

Collaborating artist Mika Rottenberg in conversation with Parkett executive editor Nikki Columbus.

Wednesday, July 6, 7pm
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
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Parkett 98 Artists:
Ed Atkins, Theaster Gates, Lee Kit, and Mika Rottenberg

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Ed Atkins for PArkett 98

Mika Rottenberg, "Lips (Study #3)", 2016

In Mika Rottenberg’s colorfully abject allegories of global capitalism, human traces are packaged as commercial products. Jonathan Beller outlines the conditions of contemporary aesthetic production; Amelia Jones places her in a lineage of feminist artists; and Germano Celant likens her assemblages to Duchamp’s bachelor machine.

“This literal incorporation of feminized labor into the artwork makes visible the generalized incorporation of specialized and feminized labor in the rest of commodity culture: from pearls to beauty products to nearly every commonplace item.” —Jonathan Beller

› View Mika Rottenberg's Parkett edition Bubble 1 - Bubble 6"
Ed Atkins for Parkett 98

Ed Atkins,“Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths”, 2013

The videos of Ed Atkins feature solitary avatars whose prolix and euphuistic monologues plumb the sorrily sentimental and the sordidly somatic. In this issue, Andrew Durbin contemplates cadavers and death masks; Leslie Jamison considers the place of emotion in art; and Bruce Hainley imagines a conversation between Mary Shelley and the Monster.

“In these videos, emotion itself has been banished to the uncanny valley: Emotion is almost human but not quite; it attracts and repels at once.” —Leslie Jamison

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Gates for Parkett 98

Theaster Gates, “Three or Four Shades of Blues", 2015

Theaster Gates’s expansive practice—embracing sculpture and ceramics, performance and urban planning—operates as a “circular economy” connecting underserved black communities in Chicago with the institutional art world. Here Andrew Herscher assesses the particular appeal of artist-led development; Christine Mehring and Sean Keller contrast his architectural interventions with those of Donald Judd; and Dieter Roelstraete compares him with the great medieval cathedral builders.

“'The city is my medium,’ Gates has said, and indeed, over the past five years, he has steadily transformed the psychogeography of Chicago’s South Side—renovating abandoned buildings for reuse as meeting spaces and arts centers.” —Dieter Roelstraete

› View Theaster Gates' Parkett edition Soul Bowl
Lee Kit for Parkett 98

Lee Kit, “Another Sunny Day", 2003

Lee Kit salvages the imprints of our bodies—stains, shadows, scrawled words—with simple materials like cotton and cardboard, creating works that overlap multiple genres. Doryun Chong looks at his work in the context of Hong Kong’s dense urban setting; Christina Li discusses his public actions and private manifestations; and Francesca Tarocco points to the significance of the hand as tool and symbol.

“In many respects, Lee is fundamentally a classical, studio-based artist, who holds onto the romance of solitude in alternately insouciant and melancholy ways.” —Doryun Chong

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Insert 98

Iman Issa, from Insert for Parkett 98, "From Element To Application" 2016

Also in this issue:

Claire Bishop visits choreographer Maria Hassabi’s performance at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and reflects on its relationship to digital technology and public space; and Claire Lehmann reviews Fuck Seth Price, in which the eponymous artist cloaks a crisis of faith in the guise of a novel.

The INSERT is by Iman Issa.

› Read selected texts on the four artists and view the Table of Contents for Volume 98

On view at Parkett’s Space in Zurich:

"In Tune with the Theme" Homage to Christian Jankowski’s Manifesta through October 8, 2016.
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Published bi-annually in Parkett’s book-bound signature design, each volume features four artists’ collaborations and some fifteen essays and texts, with numerous color illustrations on 250 pages. Each artist also contributes a work especially made for Parkett as a signed and limited edition. In addition to these artists’ collaborations, Parkett features various contributions on contemporary art within a series of playful sections such as Cumulus, Insert, or Les Infos du Paradis.