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When Artists Curate: Contemporary Art and the Exhibition as Medium

Green, Alison (2018) When Artists Curate: Contemporary Art and the Exhibition as Medium. Art Since the '80s . Reaktion, London. ISBN 9781780239330

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Green, Alison

A single-authored book offering an overview, since the 1980s, of artists acting in the role of curator or developing a practice that includes making exhibitions. Includes a chapter on the history of artists making exhibitions as well as 6 thematic chapters that investigate and explore the development of curating as an experimental 'medium' for artists. Illustrated.

An increasing proportion of exhibitions are curated by artists rather than professional curators. In this ground-breaking book Alison Green provides the first critical history of visual artists curating exhibitions. The artist emerges as someone who carries a special responsibility for critiquing art’s institutions, brings considerable creativity to the craft of making exhibitions and, through experimentation, has changed the way exhibitions are understood to be authored and experienced. But the book also establishes a curious ubiquity to the artist-curated exhibition. Rather than being exceptional or rare, artists curate all the time and in all kinds of places: in galleries and in museums, in studios, in borrowed spaces such as shopfronts or industrial buildings, in front rooms and front windows, in zoos or concert halls, on streets and in nature. Seen from the perspective of artists, showing is a part of making art. Once this idea is understood, the history of art starts to look very different.

With extensive explorations of well-known artists such as Daniel Buren, Goshka Macuga, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rosemarie Trockel, Hito Steyerl, Andy Warhol and Félix González-Torres.

Official Website: http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781780239330&m=37&dc=1036
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: curating, artist-as-curator, contemporary art, exhibition studies
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Reaktion
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 15 May 2018
Funders: CSM Research
Related Publications: “Citizen Artists: Group Material,” Afterall, issue 26 (Spring 2011), pp. 16-25
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 12:19
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 12:19
Item ID: 10819
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/10819

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