I had dinner last night with Terence Koh, arguably one of the hottest artists in the world right now, and he told me about a rather unexpected email he had just received.
With his kind permission, I reprint it below.
From: documenta 12 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 30, 2007 7:50:05 PM GMT+02:00
Subject: documenta 12
Reply-To: documenta 12 <email@example.com>
Dear Terence Koh,
Thank you for your application for accreditation. Unfortunately we have to inform you that we are not able to communicate a positive answer for the professional preview.
The team of documenta 12 is nevertheless happy to welcome you in Kassel during the entire duration of the exhibition from June 16th to September 23rd 2007.
Please go to our website www.documenta12.de for information on admission prices and the supporting program.
Please note: This message has been automatically generated. Please do not reply. This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that does not accept incoming mail.
Apparently, having solo shows at the Kunsthalle Zurich and Whitney Museum in the last year does not qualify you as a professional artist in the eyes of Documenta 12’s accreditation mavens.
Or maybe they consider him TOO professional?