Bettina Funcke

Bettina Funcke is an art historian based in New York. She has taught and published widely, and is currently editing a book on the history of MoMA PS1. In 2016 Funcke initiated a series of dialogues with artists and visual thinkers at Artists Space; participants included Douglas Crimp, Laura Poitras, Sarah Morris, and John Knight. Funcke was Head of Publications for dOCUMENTA (13) and edited the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts book series. In her teaching, dialogues, editorial projects, and writing, Funcke situates artists and thinkers in the context of a rapidly changing public sphere where contemporary art's growing popularity is proportional to a growing political impotence. She is a co-founder of the publishing collective Continuous Project and of Leopard Press.

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Pop or Populus: Art Between High and Low, Sternberg Press, 2009. With image treatments by Wade Guyton

Pop oder Populus. Kunst zwischen High und Low, Walther König, 2007


Selected Essays

Are Those Real Poems or Did You Write Them Yourself? Art Against Art, 2018

Be with the Trouble: Cultural Appropriation in America, Die Springerin, (Deutsche) 2018

Be with the Trouble: Cultural Appropriation in America, Die Springerin (English) 2018

Robert Whitman in the 21st Century, in Legacy of E.A.T.: Collaboration and Interaction, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2018

Staged Objects: Georgia Sagri in Conversation with Bettina Funcke and John Kelsey, Braunschweig Kunstverein und Portikus, Sternberg Press, 2018

Placing the Present in Relation to the Present, in Now - Tomorrow - Flux: An Anthology on the Museum of Contemporary Art, Migros Museum 2017

Lesser New York: Fia Backström and Bettina Funcke in Conversation, Greater New York, PS1, 2015

Has the Readymade Lost Its Power?, Spike, 2017

Copying: A Primer Mousse #49, 2015

Not Objects so Much As Images: A Response to Graham Harman’s “Greenberg, Duchamp, and the Next Avant-Garde, Speculations, 2014

Shift to Liquid: Sarah Morris, 2013

So While in One Sense She Shares a Space with the Animal, in Another She Doesn’t: Elad Lassry, 2010

Luchas Desplazadas: Sobre Rancière y el Mundo del Arte, 2010

They Like to Look at Pictures: Richard Phillips, 2009

If Josh Were… On Josh Smith, 2009

Verortetes Ringen: Jacques Rancière und die Politik der Kunst, 2008

You See? Gerard Byrne’s Reconstructions, 2008

Joseph Beuys: Charlatanism as Media Strategy, 2008

Over hetgevaar van beelden: Wade Guyton, 2008

Readymade Operations: On the Difference between Readymades and Appropriation, 2008

Displaced Struggles. Jacques Rancière’s Politics of Art, 2007

On the Risk of Images: Wade Guyton, 2007

Robert Whitman’s Local Report and Other Telecommunication Projects, 2007

Erinnerungen an die Poetik des Anfangens, 2007

Revealed in Reproduction: Christopher Wool’s Books and Paintings, 2006

La Passion Pop, 2005

From Dusk ‘til Dawn: T. J. Wilcox, 2005

Andy Warhol’s Aufhebungen: Spuren einer Produktionsformel in der heutigen Kunstlandschaft in New York, 2004


Selected Conversations

Intimate Cacophonies: An Exchange Regarding 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts. With Andrew Weiner, 2014

Artist Publishers: in Conversation with Antoine Lefebvre, 2013

On Education and the Prudery of Dissatisfaction: In Conversation with Robert Hullot-Kantor, 2013

Pop Right Now: Roundtable, Kaleidoscope, 2011

Pastiche or Appropriative Thinking: A Conversation with Carol Bove, 2009

A Conversation with Johanna Burton, Guyton\Walker, 2008

Melanie Gilligan: On Her Performance and Script The Miner’s Object, 2006

Against Gravity: Talking to Peter Sloterdijk about His Sphere Trilogy, 2005

What Does It Mean When Artists Curate? A Conversation with Fia Backström, 2004