By Hans Ulrich Obrist,Walter Hopps,Pontus Hulten,Lucy Lippard,Harald Szeemann

Part of JRP|Ringier's leading edge Documents sequence, released with Les Presses du Réel and devoted to severe writings, this e-book includes a distinct number of interviews via Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the improvement of the curatorial field--from early self sustaining curators within the Sixties and 70s and the experimental institutional courses built in Europe and the U.S. during the inception of Documenta and some of the biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hulten and Harald Szeemann. conversing of Szeemann at the get together of this mythical curator's dying in 2005, critic Aaron Schuster summed up, "the snapshot we have now of the curator this present day: the curator-as-artist, a roaming, freelance clothier of exhibitions, or in his personal witty formula, a 'spiritual visitor worker'... If artists considering that Marcel Duchamp have affirmed choice and association as valid inventive thoughts, was once it now not easily an issue of time ahead of curatorial practice--itself outlined by means of choice and arrangement--would end up obvious as an artwork that operates at the box of paintings itself?" This is the e-book version of A short background of Curating, initially released in print shape in October, 2008.

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