Talking Contemporary Curating

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Talking Contemporary Curating

by Terry Smith

Edited by Kate Fowle, Leigh Markopoulos.

Preface by Kate Fowle, Terry Smith.

Talking Contemporary Curating is the second book in the PERSPECTIVES IN CURATING series, which offers timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice around the world.

In Talking Contemporary Curating, Terry Smith is in conversation with 12 curators, art historians and theorists deeply immersed in reflecting upon the demands of their respective practices; the contexts of exhibition making; and the platforms through which art may be made public, including Zdenka Badovinac, Claire Bishop, Zoe Butt, Germano Celant, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, Mami Kataoka, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Mari Carmen Ramírez.

“I don’t curate. I believe that I am more of a companion to the artist, as a person and as an art historian. I try to be both complicit and detached, which is a kind of contemporaneity, as you would call it, of differences.” — Germano Celant

“The postmodern museum is about pluralism, while the contemporary art museum is about taking a clear position, about breaking with the dominant interpretations of freedom, creativity, and democracy.”— Zdenka Badovinac

“For me, if an exhibition, or the artworks it presents, question the fundamental issues related to our lives, or universal thinking, then this is more important than thinking about the method or type of exhibition.”— Mami Kataoka

“The big question of the twenty-first century is how to foster collective action. In the age of the Internet, the potential to come to a shared engagement is there, so we ask, what would that mean in relation to display? Curating always follows art, so it is an exciting moment to be close to a new generation that oscillates between the analog and the digital.”— Hans Ulrich Obrist



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