An article on curating in China asks who gets to call themselves a curator, and the problems that arise when curators have no knowledge of art history and/or cannot perform as critics; when they are just workers performing bureaucracy “not unlike the security guard at a museum”. With comments by curator Hou Hanru, and others.
– Keep in mind the comments from the Chinese artist in the previous article while you read this article in The Atlantic, which is a brief profile of Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, pop singer, jewelry designer, and now (of course!), curator.
– The Guggenheim is embarking on a major project, the “Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative” to “challenge our Western-centric view of art history” in contemporary art. A laudable initiative, or a cynical exercise to mine new markets for valuable art? These quotes from Jürg Zeltner, the chief executive of UBS Wealth Management seem to answer that question: “As art is becoming more and more of an asset class, UBS is looking to increase our profile in these kinds of special fields of interest” and “More and more we are refocusing our strategy to reach emerging markets, and this project seemed like a perfect fit.”
– A new book, Curating in the Caribbean, is out on the excellent The Green Box press.
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