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Brief - and Narrow - History of Curating
on 13 January 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...