cover: Judgement Practices in the Artistic Field

Elisabeth Heymer (Hg.), Hubert Locher (Hg.), Stephanie Marchal (Hg.); u.a

Judgement Practices in the Artistic Field


Edited by Elisabeth Heymer, Hubert Locher, Stephanie Marchal, Melanie Sachs-Resch and Beate Söntgen.

With contributions by Jane Boddy, Larissa Buchholz, Sabeth Buchmann, James Elkins, Sandra Frimmel, Josef Früchtl, Isabelle Graw, Julia Grosse, Joris Corin Heyder, Elisabeth Heymer, Britta Hochkirchen, Etienne Jollet, Oliver Kase, Hubert Locher, Wolfgang Kemp, Karlheinz Lüdeking, Florencia Malbran, Stephanie Marchal, Isabel Mehl, Magdalena Nieslony, Philipp A. Nuernberger, Regine Prange, Melanie Sachs-Resch, Beate Söntgen, Julian Stallabrass, Sara Malou Strandvad, Jan Verwoert, Eleonora Vratskidou, Andreas Zeising, Michael F. Zimmermann.


Series edited by Stephanie Marchal, Beate Söntgen and Andreas Zeising.

2023, 504 pages, 14,5 x 21 cm, 92 illustrations, softcover, adhesive binding
ISBN: 978-3-88960-209-1
Preis: 36,00 €


Judging is a practice that has come under suspicion. Who authorises and entitles whom to judge, and under what conditions does this happen? What are the premises and criteria of judgment, and in how far are they generalizable? Despite these important questions the artistic field is still dominated by judgments today. The volume examines the diverse sites and shapes of these judgments. There are manifold practices of selection and evaluation in play in the different stages of the process of judgment, as well as in the art world’s day-to-day operations of exhibiting, collecting or reviewing. Which patterns of reasoning and justification, and which styles and genres are being used in art-critical judgement? And in how far are judgment practices effective agents of cultural education, as in the formation of taste? Through a study of exemplary cases, the present volume undertakes a survey of the practices of judgment that determine the field of art, with respect to their genesis, their forms and their effects.


Prof. Dr. Hubert Locher, Direktor des Deutschen Dokumentationszentrums für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg und Professor für Geschichte und Theorie der Bildmedien am Kunstgeschichtliches Institut der Philipps-Universität Marburg.

Prof. Dr. Stephanie Marchal, Studium der Kunstgeschichte und Romanistik in Heidelberg, Siena und Neapel. Seit August 2020 Professorin für Kunstgeschichte mit einem Schwerpunkt in der Kunstkritik und den Bildkünsten der Moderne an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.