Curator, writer and artist Eric Golo Stone (Art MFA 05) has been appointed artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, a contemporary art institution in Stuttgart, Germany. Stone will succeed Fatima Hellberg, who completes her five-year term at the end of this year, and takes up the post at the start of 2020.
“The Künstlerhaus Stuttgart is a more than 40-year ongoing process of experimental institution-making,” said Stone in a statement about his appointment. “It has consistently been a space where ideas of institutional governance are questioned, enacted, and embodied as artistic interests …. It is this particular institutional identity that I believe makes the Künstlerhaus uniquely qualified to respond to the current structural problems that are so evident in the art world. I look forward to building on a history of the Künstlerhaus in which the organizing of policy is realized as deliberate and substantive, restless and unruly, artistic experimentation.”
Stone’s work explores the political economy of art and the legal and socioeconomic structures that play a hand in artistic production and reception. Among his multiple current book projects, Stone is organizing the forthcoming exhibition US Code: Title 26, at the Artists Space in New York.
From 2013 to 2017, Stone served as a curator at LAXART, a nonprofit art space for contemporary and experimental works in West Hollywood, Calif. He is the founder of LA-based research and exhibition space Artist Contracts, dedicated to offering legal protections for artists’ interests and needs. In 2018, Stone received an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for his book Artist Contracts in the Political Economy. His writing has been published in October, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art and Afterall, among other publications.