Michelle Kasprzak's views on contemporary art curating

Pick 'N Mix #40

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, October 26. 2010 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to the latest edition of Pick 'N Mix.

- It's not easy to put together a show," says Manish Pushkale. "Being an artist I understand the limitations of other artists and the discussions could extend to techniques as well. An artist-curator has that advantage, even though they might not have studied curating."

- Holland Cotter: "The subject of what is gained and lost in art in the age of mechanical reproduction is ancient by now. But the question of what art’s future might be on the accessible, untamable Internet is still a bit new. And cyberspace remains, so far, a curator-challenging frontier."

- Alex Kleiman: "In order to be a good curator, generally, you have to be quite flexible and responsive, and in order to curate interestingly and engagingly you have to be multifariously aware, impressionable and analytical."

- Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia, commissioned by Para/Site Art Space, is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards 'curatorial criticism,' a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today.

- Issue 6 of On Curating is available for download, focusing on exhibition making. The issue features interviews with Nikolaus Schaffhausen, Zoe Gray, and Paul O’Neill, an essay by Hito Steyerl, and much more.
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