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Rethinking the Biennale Model in The New Curator

The New Curator
By Natasha Hoare, Coline Milliard, Rafal Niemojewski, Ben Borthwick and Jonathan Watkins
Laurence King Publishing, 2016

This book presents a snapshot of the most interesting curatorial practices in the art world today. There is an emphasis on the “now”: the introduction sketches in the development of curatorial practices since the 1980s but the shows under scrutiny in the following 25 case studies have all taken place in the last few years.

The selected exhibitions – chosen by an expert panel of curators – run the global gamut, from Europe and the US through Africa and the Middle East to China, and illustrate the particular challenges for curators working in both the commercial and public sectors. Biennials and small pop-up exhibits, permanent-collection rehangs and art fairs all have a place here.

Each highly illustrated case study is structured around an interview with the curator responsible for the show. The text both tells the story of the show’s making and fills in background information about the curator’s work, resulting in an accessible guide to contemporary curating.

Of particular interest for our readers is the section entitled “Rethinking the Biennale Model” featuring Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Chus Martinez, Leah Gordon, Raimundas Malasauskas, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Solange Farkas and Pablo León de la Barra.

Contents

Introduction, by Coline Miliard

The Aspirational Narrative of the The New Curator, by Rafal Niemojewski

BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE

Artangel
Fram Kitagawa
Adam Sutherland
Juliana Engberg
Katrina Brown
Clark House Inititative

RETHINKING THE BIENNALE MODEL

Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy
Chus Martinez
Leah Gordon
Raimundas Malasauskas
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Solange Farkas
Pablo León de la Barra

TOWARDS A RADICAL INSTITUTION

Anthony Huberman
Khaled Hourani and Charles Esche
Maria Lind
Mami Kataoka
Koyo Kouoh

TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

Claire Tancons
Pierre Bal-Blanc and Vanessa Desclaux
Ragnar Kjartansson
Clémentine Deliss
Joanna Warsza
Chang Tsong-Zung
Lisa Panting
Michael Connor