Welcome to this month’s Pick ‘N Mix, a selection of interesting tidbits about curators that I spotted on the web over the past few weeks.

– Serpentine Gallery Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist has launched a project, “A Protest Against Forgetting,” which encompasses a badge (emblazoned with “Walter Hopps will be here in 20 minutes”) a book, talks, and more. The book, A Brief History of Curating, features eleven interviews with key curators in the field. I hope to post a review of it soon.

– In this interview with Aaron Rose, curator of the Alleged Gallery in NYC, he discusses how the ‘outsider art’ and ‘street art’ he was working with rose to prominence. He speaks a bit about the balance between what was (and still sometimes is) art produced by rebellious characters, and the corporate brands that want to attach themselves to this type of practice.

– A fabulous, frank interview with famous art collector Charles Saatchi reveals his thoughts on curators, which ranges from from skin-crawling stereotype (“The familiar grind of 1970s conceptualist retreads, the dry-as-dust photo and text panels, the production line of banal and impenetrable installations, the hushed and darkened rooms with their interchangeable flickering videos are the hallmarks of a decade of numbing right-on curatordom”) to humble acknowledgement (“when you see something special, something inspired, you realise the debt we owe great curators and their unforgettable shows – literally unforgettable, because you remember every picture, every wall and every juxtaposition”). A highly entertaining read, no matter where you sit in the art ecosystem.

– And in a final quirky item (once again revealing my obsession with hotels), it was reported that a German hotel was taking payment from artists in artwork rather than cash. Will they eventually also take payment from curators by arranging shows in their rooms rather than cash? I wondered. It turns out to be a specific project directed by Kunst-Werke in Berlin. In the meantime, I will keep imagining about how art could become the currency of the future, and whether that is scary or not.

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