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.
Introduction, by Coline Miliard
The Aspirational Narrative of the The New Curator, by Rafal Niemojewski
BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE
Clark House Inititative
RETHINKING THE BIENNALE MODEL
Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Pablo León de la Barra
TOWARDS A RADICAL INSTITUTION
Khaled Hourani and Charles Esche
Pierre Bal-Blanc and Vanessa Desclaux