Description - Curating Art Now by Lilian Cameron
Art Now is a timely reflection on the practice of curating and the role of
the art curator during a period of rapid change. Curating has a pivotal
position in the art world: it is embedded in the identity and expertise of
the museum and plays an ever-increasing role in the commercial art sector
too. Current curatorial practice encompasses a wide range of activities, from
the care of collections in museums to the presentation of large-scale
contemporary biennials, and from collaboration with artists to presentations
of work on digital platforms.
Curating has grown
substantially in the last decades, and in the early 2020s is undergoing a
significant period of transition as it grapples with some fundamental
questions. How diverse and inclusive is curating as a profession, and how
does that inform the art and artists who come to prominence? How possible is
it to conduct exploratory and inclusive curatorial work in the challenging
economic climate of the early 2020s? What is the extent of a curator’s
autonomy within the various institutions and structures in which they work,
and what power dynamics are at work between artists and curators? Finally,
how might digital art and exhibition-making give way to hybrid forms of
practice, and even challenge the face of traditional curating? Lilian
Cameron’s lively review addresses all of these issues, and considers the
future landscape of curating in an uncertain world.
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