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Hans Ulrich Obrist: A Brief History of Curating (Documents) [Paperback]

Daniel Birnbaum , Christophe Cherix , Hans-Ulrich Obrist , Lionel Bovier
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: JRP Ringier (Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 390582955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3905829556
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 14.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist: A Brief History of Curating Part of JRP]Ringer's innovative "Documents" series, published with Les Presses du Reel and dedicated to critical writings, this publication comprises a unique collection of interviews by Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the development of the curatorial field--from early independent curators in the 1960s and 70s and the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and the U.S. through the inception of Documenta and the various 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. Speaking...

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1.0 out of 5 stars Brief - and Narrow - History of Curating 13 Jan 2010
It's difficult to understand just who this book is for. Certainly it's of interest for the dozen or so curators interviewed, but questionable for very few others. Including those in the art business. The text reads as a couple of old sailors on a dock talking about the good old days...all those big fish caught years ago. I'm not sure anything could be learned from much of the text, other than the answer to a common question of How Did You Get Started?...which might be inspirational for other curators. Mostly though it's watching sausage being made, and listening to old people reminisce about the good old days. In fact, all of those interviewed were born between 1919 and 1943, making it largely a window on curating in the mid-20th century. I guess the author couldn't find anything worth investigating after the 1990s...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obrist strikes again 2 Jun 2012
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Famous for his interview books, Obrist manages once again to gather interesting interviewees but for a different aim this time: to start writing a history of contemporary art curation, which no one has ever bothered to do. Considering the amount of books published on contemporary art, it is very odd that no one ever thought of writing a story of the exhibitions on the topic. As a collection of interviews, this book should be considered oral history, and is not not chronologically organized, but it's a good start. Thank you Obrist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and very inspirational 30 Sep 2010
By luna
This book is a must read not only for curators but for everyone in creative activities and industries that need to reach out and communicate to a wider audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read 12 Oct 2011
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This series of interviews by HUO is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the history, present and future of creating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curatorspeak 25 Oct 2012
By Andregali - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't resist the title "Curatorspeak" for this review as in fact it is "curatorspeak" in the way that curators talk together. Well, Hans Ulrich Obrist have his model for interviewing people, a kind of laidback easy to read informal conversation. Most of the time it works great and the book gives great insight into the different curatorial approaches that his collegues and predecessors have towards exhibition-making. Sometimes, however, the informality of the conversation don't really give you a in depth-perpsective of what the curator he talks to actually thinks about exhibition-making. It could of course be that he doesn't have very deep thoughts on the subject, and maybe he is (bacause it is mainy men) more working from intuitien and tacit knowledge. However, all in all it is a great introduction to curators who have been signinficant contributors to the development of exhibition-making since WW2 and in that respect it fulfills the title "A brief history of curating".
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