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Helmut Draxler (born 1956) is an art historian, art critic, curator, and Professor of Art Theory at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart. He was the director of the Kunstverein Munich from 1992 to 1995. In 2004–2006 he organized (with Sabeth Buchmann and Stephan Geene) the project Avant-garde Film Biopolitics at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. More recently Draxler curated the exhibition Shandyismus. Autorschaft Als Genre [Shandyism. Authorship as Genre] at the Secession, Vienna, 2007. He writes extensively on contemporary art and theory for a variety of international magazines and artists’ catalogs. Recent publications include: Film, Avantgarde, Biopolitik [Film, Avant-garde, Biopolitics] (with Sabeth Buchmann and Stephan Geene) (2009);Gefährliche Substanzen. Zum Verhältnis von Kritik und Kunst [Hazardous Material. On the Relationship between Criticism and Art] (2007); Coercing Constellations. Space, Reference, and Representation in Fareed Armaly (2007); and Shandyismus. Autorschaft Als Genre [Shandyism. Authorship as Genre] (2007). Draxler lives and works in Berlin, Stuttgart, and Vienna.