Published by Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2021, 52 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 30 × 26 cm, EnglishPrice: €25
Adapted from writings by artists and critics appearing in magazines, catalogs, and other recent publications, The Auratic Narrative was conceived by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda as a framing device for their exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2019. The text-as-artwork offers a dramatic account of an unnamed artist’s ambivalence toward their professional milieu. Here the narrative is presented in its entirety along with bibliographical notes and an introduction by artist and writer Ariane Müller. Photographic documentation of the exhibition–the first survey of the artists’ collaborative practice–accompanies the work. Taken together, word and image chart a course through the show and the artists’ oeuvre.