– We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Musée Imaginaire Concours – the juried competition organized by curating.info 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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