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A Curator's Bookshelf

A Curator's Bookshelf

In On Curating, Carolee Thea writes, "Among the major figures to have come of age in [today's] cultural milieu is the independent curator, whose importance can be compared to that of the literary critic's in the 1950s or the business consultant's in the 80s. Yet, aesthetically, curators are more like theater directors, and it could be argued that they follow a performance paradigm rather than one based on the object or commodity. We could say they are translators, movers or creators whose material is the work of others—but in any case, the role of mediator is inescapable. While the art critic embodies the generalized gaze of the public, the curator inversely translates the artist's work by providing a context to enable the public's understanding. The expanding geography of the art world, the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of artistic proposals, and the demands of various publics create a situation in which mediation plays an ever more crucial role in the exploration and dissemination of art."

A Curator's Bookshelf

Featured image is Rirkrit Tiravanija, "Untitled 1992 (Free)," 1992-2007, installation view, 2007, from On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators by Carolee Thea.

"The political moment in art lies in that sensuous and ambiguous feeling and the ensuing instability. This is frightening but this is where possibility emerges. The job of art is to create ambiguity ...."

Charles Esche

Recommended Reading: A Museum & Curatorial Studies Book List

The Art Life: On Creativity and Career
The Art Life: On Creativity and Career
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Pbk, 6 x 9 in. / 183 pgs / 30 color. | 3/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9781450790659 | $25.00


Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm
Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm
VALIZ/ANTENNAE SERIES

Flexi, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 288 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 5/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9789078088578 | $28.95


Artist-Run Spaces
Artist-Run Spaces

| 1/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783037641910 | $29.95


From San Servolo to Amalfi
From San Servolo to Amalfi
CHARTA

Pbk, 5.75 x 8.5 in. / 144 pgs / 100 bw. | 11/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9788881588183 | $34.95


Making Art Global (Part 1)
Making Art Global (Part 1)
AFTERALL BOOKS

Pbk, 6.25 x 8.75 in. / 250 pgs / 105 color / 18 bw. | 1/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9783865609939 | $27.50


Raising Frankenstein
Raising Frankenstein
WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

Pbk, 5 x 7.5 in. / 112 pgs / 20 bw. | 3/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9783865609182 | $24.95


Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
FILLIP EDITIONS/ARTSPEAK

Pbk, 4.5 x 7.5 in. / 176 pgs. | 4/30/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780973813364 | $20.00


ARTocracy
ARTocracy
JOVIS

Pbk, 5.25 x 7.25 in. / 192 pgs / 45 color. | 4/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9783868590647 | $35.00


Art for Sale
Art for Sale
HATJE CANTZ

Pbk, 5 x 7.5 in. / 192 pgs. | 7/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9783775728157 | $25.00


Exhibiting the New Art
Exhibiting the New Art
AFTERALL BOOKS

Pbk, 6.25 x 8.75 in. / 280 pgs / 15 color / 106 bw. | 3/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9783865608598 | $27.50


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gallerists But Were Afraid to Ask
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gallerists But Were Afraid to Ask
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 4.25 x 6.5 in. / 334 pgs / 53 color. | 4/30/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9783037640876 | $24.95


The Biennial Reader
The Biennial Reader
HATJE CANTZ

Pbk, 2 vols., 6.5 x 10 in. / 568 pgs / 20 color / 100 bw. | 11/30/2010 | Not available
ISBN 9783775726108 | $55.00


Seen, Written
Seen, Written
GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

Pbk, 7 x 9 in. / 220 pgs. | 3/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780980024296 | $25.00


Curating and the Educational Turn
Curating and the Educational Turn
OPEN EDITIONS/DE APPEL ARTS CENTRE

Pbk, 6.25 x 8.5 in. / 360 pgs. | 7/31/2010 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780949004185 | $35.00


A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution
A Manual For the 21st Century Art Institution
WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

Pbk, 6 x 8.5 in. / 184 pgs / 84 bw. | 2/28/2010 | Not available
ISBN 9783865606181 | $42.00


Conservation: MFA Highlights
Conservation: MFA Highlights
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Pbk, 7 x 9 in. / 200 pgs / 150 color / 20 bw. | 10/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780878467297 | $22.50


The Global Art World
The Global Art World
HATJE CANTZ

Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 408 pgs / 41 color. | 9/30/2009 | Not available
ISBN 9783775724074 | $45.00


The Fall of The Studio
The Fall of The Studio
VALIZ

Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 249 pgs / 9 bw. | 12/31/2009 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789078088295 | $27.50


Collecting Contemporary Art
Collecting Contemporary Art
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 4.25 x 6.5 in. / 128 pgs / 21 col. | 8/31/2009 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783037640159 | $15.00


On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators
On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators
D.A.P./DISTRIBUTED ART PUBLISHERS

Pbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 144 pgs / 50 color. | 1/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781935202004 | $29.95


Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2
Hans Ulrich Obrist: Interviews, Volume 2
CHARTA

Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 950 pgs. | 6/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9788881587315 | $75.00


A.C.I., Art Catalogue Index
A.C.I., Art Catalogue Index
JRP|RINGIER

Hbk, 4.75 x 9.75 in. / 512 pgs. | 8/31/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9783905829532 | $95.00


Continuing Dialogues: A Tribute to Igor Zabel
Continuing Dialogues: A Tribute to Igor Zabel
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 7 x 9 in. / 218 pgs / 32 color. | 3/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9783905829914 | $28.00


Women Gallerists
Women Gallerists
HATJE CANTZ

Hbk, 6 x 9 in. / 208 pgs / 96 color / 12 bw. | 2/1/2009 | Not available
ISBN 9783775719759 | $45.00


This Is the Flow: The Museum as a Space for Ideas
This Is the Flow: The Museum as a Space for Ideas
VALIZ

Pbk, 7.25 x 10.25 in. / 260 pgs / 189 bw. | 3/1/2009 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789078088240 | $32.50


World Art Studies
World Art Studies
VALIZ

Paperback, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 464 pgs / 42 bw. | 10/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9789078088226 | $39.95


A Brief History of Curating
A Brief History of Curating
JRP|RINGIER

Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 200 pgs. | 10/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9783905829556 | $24.95


Harald Szeemann
Harald Szeemann
JRP|RINGIER

Paperback, 6.25 x 9 in. / 240 pgs / 60 bw. | 3/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9783905829099 | $25.00


Curating Subjects
Curating Subjects
OPEN EDITIONS/OCCASIONAL TABLE

Paperback, 6 x 8.5 in. / 232 pgs. | 12/15/2007 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780949004161 | $30.00


Contemporary Art and the Museum: A Global Perspective
Contemporary Art and the Museum: A Global Perspective
HATJE CANTZ

Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 256 pgs / 45 color. | 7/1/2007 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783775719339 | $40.00


Art Life: Selected Writings 1991-2005
Art Life: Selected Writings 1991-2005
GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

Paperback, 7 x 9 in. / 160 pgs / 85 color. | 8/15/2005 | In stock
ISBN 9780974364827 | $25.00


Words Of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum
Words Of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum
INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK

Paperback, 5 x 8.5 in. / 144 pgs / 100 bw. | 6/2/2001 | Not available
ISBN 9780916365608 | $14.95


Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, And More…On Collecting
Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, And More…On Collecting
INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK

Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 72 pgs / 45 color. | 2/2/2001 | In stock
ISBN 9780916365592 | $21.95






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