Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Pick 'N Mix #64

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Saturday, March 23. 2013 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Musée Imaginaire Concours – the juried competition organized by and KAPSUL: Antonella Croci and Federico Florian’s I CLOSE MY EYES IN ORDER TO SEE has been awarded both Jury's Choice and Crowd Favorite. Visit KAPSUL to view all submissions to the competition.

- Flexible working: why the arts and culture sector doesn't get it yet, Claire Hodgson for the Guardian: “for a "creative" industry such as the culture sector, we have very uncreative workplaces…Our current culture promotes underpaid and overworked staff, relying on our passion for what we do.”

- The Way We Share: Transparency in Curatorial Practice. An essay by Lindsay Howard for Hyperallergic’s ‘Tumblr Art Sumposium’:
“We’ve heard the argument that everyone’s a curator online by means of blogging and reblogging, but what about the professional curators who are responsible for producing major physical exhibitions — how are they using social platforms? The ability to publicly explore new theories, archive research, and participate in creative communities, has signaled a new era of openness and transparency in curatorial practice.”

- Rhetoric of the Image: Julian Stallabrass gives a critical review of two new curatorial books: The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), by Paul O’Neill, and Terry Smith’s Thinking Contemporary Curating. Both apparently uphold the "quasi-theoretical language… vacuous generalizations… [and] the illusion of coherence" within "curatorial rhetoric."

- The Art of the Artist Interview: Ross Simonini on Hans Ulrich Obrist's Interview Project.

- The best US exhibitions of 2012 have been voted on by over 400 professionals of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Artfagcity is not impressed.

- HOST AND AMBASSADOR: a conversation with curator Yasmil Raymond at #OpenCurating, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona:
“I don’t think artists need to be curated, I think artists need to be supported, enabled.”

- With the opening of his feature exhibitions at the Venice Biennial around the corner, Massimiliano Gioni states: "I Felt the Need to Do Something Unusual." Other curators react.

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