Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Pick 'N Mix

Pick 'N Mix #81 - “I don’t know what art is. The art itself has to tell us what it is, not me. I can only sell the ticket to the discovery tour.” The renowned Belgian curator Jan Hoet has passed away. Known for his innovative curatorial models, close involvement with artists, and the suggestion that art is like boxing.

- The unpaid internship debate continues, with some case studies by the New York Times, and a thoughtful analysis of unpaid labour by Dave Beech.

- Steven Zevitas targets the financialization of the art world: “the [art-market] cart is pulling the [art-world] horse.” The Things We Think and Do Not Say, or Why the Art World is in Trouble.

- Charles Esche is the recipient of the 2014 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. e-flux.

- Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums. The New York Times relays Association of Art Museum Directors report.

- Manifesta 10 will stay in St Petersburg. The organization heads and curator Kasper König have announced their refusal of continued calls for the European biennial of contemporary art to abandon their host city in Russia.
König: “The situation has escalated since our work began but I do not think that this implies support... for Russia’s present political and military actions. To stop our work for any reason other than its literal and practical impossibility is not an answer to the current situation.”

- Elsewhere, in Sydney, cultural boycotting is showing traction. Sydney Biennale boycott victory shows that divestment works.
Also, an interview with biennial curator Juliana Engberg.


Who can become a curator? by Sofia Landström»
Who can become a curator? by Sofia Landström When I finished my Bachelor's degree in Art History and Visual Studies one year ago, I was faced with the question of how to take my next step in the art world. During my studies, I had worked with exhibitions and curating, but I was not sure how to truly make curating my profession. With a limited number of jobs in the art world, the pressure ...

Reviews & Resources

REVIEW: Every Curator’s Handbook»
Review: Every Curator's Handbook - http://pai.sthlm.in/images/Every_Curator's_Handbook.pdf by Sofia Landström This compendium offers hands-on professional insights wherein different authors from different points of view share experiences from their professional careers as curators. The reader gets a specific and detailed overview of what a curator’s work might look like beyond ...

Questions & Conversations

Curating.info Conversations: Sofia Landström interviews Antonella Croci and Federico Florian»
Curating.info's Sofia Landström interviews Antonella Croci and Federico Florian – winners of the Musée Imaginaire Concours , hosted by Curating.info and KAPSUL . To create the e-book, we used the Bookleteer platform, which was developed by artist-led studio and think tank Proboscis . To enjoy your copy of this e-book, simply choose either the Letter or A4 formatted version ...