Welcome to the September edition of Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of bite-sized items that have caught my eye recently.
An interesting article about the curating scene in Singapore recently appeared online. In it, Ahmad Mashadi notes that the curator's role has become more complex, becoming implicated in marketing and sponsorship, where previously it might have been more focused on "research, growth and display" of a museum's collection. The article also discusses the emerging trend of the artist-curator in Singapore.
Jerry Saltz writes an excellent article on the alchemy of curating, in which he makes several bold (but astute) statements:
"...curating is becoming less of a dark art and more of a science or profession."
"The alchemy of good curating amounts to this: sometimes placing one work of art near another makes one and one equal three."
"...one of the first rules of curating should be "Stop Making Sense."'
The article goes on to dissect the curatorial strategies and pitfalls in the big three: Documenta, Venice Biennale, and Münster Sculpture Project.
It's rare that one has occasion to read a line like this: "No, the most interesting part of the show is that excruciating pile of false, overweening enthusiasms that make up that curatorial statement, not for what they say, necessarily, but for what they assume." In Artfag's "Toronto Manifesto", we get these kinds of critical, nearly brutal, statements and so much more. If you have anything invested in the Toronto art scene, this piece will certainly interest you; if you don't, it's worth a read anyway, as many of the observations made in this manifesto are universally applicable - such as this note on the importance of recently-graduated artists: "gallerists in New York and Los Angeles keep a keen eye on the goings on of the graduate students that are pumped out every year. Any art scene needs a constant supply of fresh blood, and most gallerists and buyers know exactly where to find it." (Discovered via Sally McKay's blog.)
Axis Curator Directory
Curating.it (in Italian)
Curatorial Education Network
Curatorial Practice Archive
Hamilton Museum Educators Group
International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)
Modern Art Notes
Museums and Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Curator's Egg
We Make Money Not Art
Terry Rhodes about Job: Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Mon, 03.12.2007 04:10 I have applied for the positio n as curator for a number of r easons, but there are two that stand out as the most pivotal for my personal and professio nal development. My desire to one day is a p [...]
Michaela Mantini about Curatorial Intern: Toronto Mon, 29.10.2007 11:01 Hi Alissa, I realise that thi s internship is from last fall , however the position is some thing which sparked my interes t. I am a third year Queen's U niversity art history student, from Toronto [...]
GILLIAN MCIVER about Open Source Curating Sun, 21.10.2007 05:56 Actually I find that in most c ases in the art world, not mu ch is "open and transparent" a nd it becomes more arcane the higher up you go. I like the post by Niels Van Tomme, who m akes some poin [...]
Lucia Andrea Sweeney about Every curator's nightmare? Sun, 14.10.2007 20:59 Absolutely! As her sister and co-artist to several of the p rojects she has done. She is one on her own and from nothin g makes new and wonderful crea tives experiences to evolve.
Elizabeth Henley about Every curator's nightmare? Sun, 14.10.2007 20:58 I can vouch the dedication of Gaynor. She has given many op portunities, including myself to work along side to help my research in my practice. This is a woman and artist wit h so much visi [...]
LeisureArts about Pick 'N Mix - October 2007 Mon, 01.10.2007 07:48 To continue to stretch things a bit...Maybe you would be int erested in the book _Everyday eBay: culture, collecting, and desire_. It's an anthology an d many of the essays touch on issues germane [...]
GRUPPO SINESTETICO about Job: Curator of SCAPE Biennial Sat, 01.09.2007 03:02 GRUPPO SINESTETICO (Albertin , Sassu , Scordo) artists Itali an POSSIBLE PARTECIPATION I N SCAPE BIENNIAL ? thanks f or your reponse sassu X Grup po Sinestetico www.grupposine stetico.it
Lars Cuzner about Pick 'N Mix - April 2007 Sat, 07.04.2007 06:40 That collection of youtube lin ks is pretty mixed up. I don't know if youv'e had time but y ou can get Dan Graham 17 yrs h itting his little sister in fr ont of the tv. There are alot of Dan Grahams [...]
Garnet about Reviews: Ideas podcast Mon, 19.02.2007 12:04 I love Ideas, and have become a heavy listener to Ideas podc asts over the last few months. When I was in Toronto a co uple of weeks ago (InterAccess show) I got interviewed by No ra Young who i [...]
Michelle Kasprzak about "Agile and open" - DiY Curating Wed, 03.01.2007 15:15 hi Anu, I can't agree more. W hile it is always a pleasure t o witness how up-and-comers ov ercome roadblocks in innovativ e ways, and enjoy the fruits o f their efforts, we must also ask ourselves [...]
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