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Hans Ulrich Obrist: A Brief History of Curating (Documents)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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...
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on 2 June 2012
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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on 30 September 2010
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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on 22 July 2015
Tedious parasite babbles on about how important he is above art.
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on 17 July 2014
Gift, presume recipient likes it, didn't give it back
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on 12 October 2011
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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on 13 May 2015
Good
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