A brief history of curating

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JRP / Ringier, 2008 - Art - 243 pages
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Part of JRP|Ringer's innovative Documentsseries, published with Les Presses du Reel and dedicated to critical writings, this publication comprises a unique collection of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the development of the curatorial field--from early independent curators in the 1960s and 70s and the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and the U.S. through the inception of Documenta and the various biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hulten and Harald Szeemann. Speaking of Szeemann on the occasion of this legendary curator's death in 2005, critic Aaron Schuster summed up, "the image we have of the curator today: the curator-as-artist, a roaming, freelance designer of exhibitions, or in his own witty formulation, a 'spiritual guest worker'... If artists since Marcel Duchamp have affirmed selection and arrangement as legitimate artistic strategies, was it not simply a matter of time before curatorial practice--itself defined by selection and arrangement--would come to be seen as an art that operates on the field of art itself?"

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User Review  - Kelli - Goodreads

Ideal for curators. I cannot imagine this book as interesting to anyone outside of the curatorial field as there is so much name-dropping both in terms of exhibitions and of artists, if one did not ... Read full review

Review: A Brief History of Curating (Documents)

User Review  - Jovanna Venegas - Goodreads

This is a wonderful book with valuable interviews with Europe's first modern and contemporary art curators. Recognized names such as Polten Húlten really stand out for me personally although the Lucy ... Read full review

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Contents

Pontus Hulten 32
Johannes Cladders 52
Jean Leering 66
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Hans-Ulrich Obrist was born in 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs program at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he served as a Curator for contemporary art. He presently serves as the Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

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