Welcome to the last Pick ‘N Mix of 2009!

– Here is yet another art world power list, listing several curators, many of whom are “household names” of a sort (Birnbaum, Bonami, Obrist, etc). We’re a society obsessed with lists and awards it seems!

– Andy Warhol was all over the news this past month, and one of the major news items referred back to a situation in 1990 involving well-known and respected curator Pontus Hulten. According to reports, some of Warhol’s famous Brillo boxes were replicated after the artist’s death and passed off as originals, which has resulted in a sticky situation for everyone involved. The details, including some information on Hulten’s role in the story, is available at Artnews.com. More potential Warhol fakes were discovered, in London-based art dealer Anthony d’Offay’s collection, prompting Tate Modern Director Sir Nicholas Serota to hold off on buying the self-portrait on the taxpayer’s dime. Full coverage at the Guardian. Of course, it is not hard to imagine that our late Uncle Andy would have had a huge laugh about the complications surrounding a desire for verified authenticity.

– While we’re thinking about money, value, and authenticity, here’s a good read: The British Council has been holding lectures by leading thinkers such as Dambisa Moyo, Amartya Sen, Muhammad Yunus, and others. In early November Benjamin Barber gave a lecture on art, money and democratic change and it’s available to watch or read at the British Council website.

– Here’s a handy research tip: If you use Twitter, send a tweet with your research interests to Mute Magazine, and they’ll dig up something relevant for you from their archives! I asked them for articles on curating and public art, and was promptly sent links to two great articles: Curating Self-Consciously, and Airing Dirty Laundry in Public Art. Give it a try!

– Independent Curators International (iCI) has a series of lectures planned that looks terrific. Sunday, December 13th Ana Paula Cohen is speaking at the New Museum in New York, USA. Further details here. If you are in the New York area, sign up to their email list to get information on future talks.

– Last but not least, please consider helping a researcher out and filling in this questionnaire for curators developed by Lisa Ladner. I’m sure the results will make for fascinating reading.

Happy holidays!

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