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Ways of Curating [Kindle Edition]

Hans Ulrich Obrist
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One of the most colourful figures in the artworld today . . . Hans Ulrich Obrist [is] not so much a curator as a human whirlwind (Guardian)

An engaging and erudite work that argues persuasively for the continued relevance of curating for the arts and wider society. His book is about the curator's role as a maker of exhibitions, a task that involves tracing hidden connections between artworks and forging untrammelled routes across culture in search of new ways of experiencing art; new ways of looking at the world around us. If that sounds like an impossibly romantic definition it's because this is an unapologetically personal account of the profession's development (Ekow Eshun Independent)

The sheer energy [Obrist] has brought to working with artists themselves is the abiding impression of Ways of Curating (Brian Dillon Literary Review)

People care about Mr. Obrist. His reputation is that of a fast-talking, tireless obsessive, and his various activities-which include mounting shows around the world, moderating panels, writing catalog essays, hosting early-morning salons and conducting scores of in-depth interviews with artists and other cultural figures-have made him an improbably influential, globally ubiquitous presence in the art world (New York Observer)

Obrist [is] a guru for young curators interested in how the form of the art show might change (Independent)

This is a highly intelligent, thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Obrist emerges as both scholarly and energetically engaged with the proliferation of ideas in modern culture today (Financial Times)

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Drawing on his own experiences and inspirations - from staging his first exhibition in his tiny Zurich kitchen in 1986 to encounters and conversations with artists, exhibition makers and thinkers alive and dead - Hans Ulrich Obrist's Ways of Curating looks to inspire all those engaged in the creation of culture.

Moving from meetings with the artists who have inspired him (including Gerhard Richter and Gilbert and George) to the creation of the first public museums in the 18th century, recounting the practice of inspirational figures such as Diaghilev and Walter Hopps, skipping between exhibitions (his own and others), continents and centuries, Ways of Curating argues that curation is far from a static practice. Driven by curiosity, at its best it allows us to create the future.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0865478198
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice product 10 Oct. 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars and what seemed like self-aggrandizement. "I met him 9 Dec. 2014
By Igor Nitski - Published on
The first two or three chapters of WAYS OF CURATING were very engaging, and quite promising. Then the book descended into a fog of buzzwords, cliches, and what seemed like self-aggrandizement. "I met him. I talked with her. He is one of my role models. I taught him this. I am making this grand synthesis." So much name dropping—but not very interesting names to those not in the German-centric art world. What comes through is a kind of strange ego-less egotism. Mr. Obrist seems a very earnest and energetic peripatetic curator, but perhaps way too caffeinated, and focusing too much on the surface of things. (Or, perhaps he just hasn't communicated his deeper thoughts and feelings? It's the "authentic" story that we readers crave.) Overall the book provides no profound insights whatsoever about the content of Mr. Obrist's collaborations. It is as if all that interests Mr. Obrist is scintillating sparkle.

Two additional points: (1) The book's dust jacket, though tactilely delightful, smell horrible. And the smell doesn't go away with time. I eventually threw the dust jacket away. (2) I purchased this book in a brick and mortar bookstore.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting, I have never highlighted a book with ... 24 Dec. 2014
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Really interesting, I have never highlighted a book with such gusto.
Full of ideas to open Art into a wider arena than just the walls !
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