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is the essential handbook for curators and curatorial students, mapping every stage of the process of putting on an exhibition, no matter how traditional the venue, from initial idea to final installation. An introduction explores curatorial work from its origins in the seventeenth century onward and outlines the various roles of the curator today. Twelve chapters then trace the various stages of the exhibition process in clear, informative language and using helpful diagrams and tables, from developing the concept to writing contracts and loan requests; putting together budgets and schedules; producing exhibition catalogues and interpretation materials; designing gallery spaces; working with artists, lenders, and art handlers; organizing private views; and documenting and evaluating a show. With advice and tips from a cast of international museum directors and curators--including Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet, Stockholm); Aric Chen (M+, Hong Kong); Elizabeth Macgregor (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney); Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London); Gao Peng (Today Art Museum, Beijing); Jennifer Russell (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); and Nicholas Serota (Tate, London)--this volume is a crucial guide for anyone involved in, or studying, the dynamic field of curation.
Taking the museum model as a starting point, this work providespractical guidelines for freelance or independent curators, as well as other types of curators and curatorial students working intraditional and nontraditional venues. The ideas are compiled from practicing international researchers, educators, academics,gallerists, curators, and museum directors. the book begins with an overview of different types and roles of the curator and the routesinto curatorial practice. The rest of the book covers types of exhibitions, space planning, budgets and fundraising, contracts andnegotiations, and exhibition publications and merchandise. Also explored are technology and new media in the exhibition space,working with artists on commissions, press and public relations, installation and art handling, documenting the exhibition, andpost-exhibition tasks. The book includes many quotes from professionals at some of the world’s most famous museums. The colorlayout offers some pages in background colors, full-page quote boxes in color, and smaller quotes also in color boxes within the text.Author Adrian George is deputy director and senior curator for the UK Government Art Collection.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A step-by-step guide to every aspect of putting on an art exhibition, with tips from a range of influential curators
About the Author
Adrian George is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the UK Government Art Collection in London. He previously held curatorial posts at Tate Liverpool; Tate Modern, London; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.