A Brief History of Curating
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A Brief History of Curating

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Part of JRP]Ringer's innovative "Documents" series, 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...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by JRP Ringier
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One time in my life I thought it was only the artist that matters. But alas, it is very much like the music world. There is the singer/artist, then there are the arrangers/producers. If you map it out there is the artist, the curator, and then the audience for that art. Or perhaps the curator is a translator? Nevertheless this is a fascinating collection of interviews done by curator/writer Hans Ulrich Obrist on really cutting edge curators from the 60's, 70's era and upwards.

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The interview with Walter Hopps is worth the price of the book. Loved it. Other interviews are great as well, but Walter is awesome.
Jovanna Venegas
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 Lippard and Seth Siegelub interviews are definitely the most engaging since they propose alternative sites for curating besides the museum. Hans Ulrich Obrist is one of my favorite interviewers since he always seems to know the complete background information of all his interviewees giving the reade...more
A collection of interviews with HUO and various curators, so some interviews are more interesting or insightful than others. I would recommend this book, because it is the first major look at the history of curating, and Obrist is a seminal character in the development of curating (and the Contemporary art world in general). I would however recommend that you read this near by a computer for reference, because some names and places were completely unfamiliar to me. Enjoy!
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