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Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else Paperback – 10 Apr 2015
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'Curationism is increasingly persuasive as it nears the present. The best sections concern the rise of conceptual art from the 1950s onwards, the rise of international high finance, and the merging of the two...' (Spectator)
'Point[s] out how far we have come from the original avatars of the term: the curatores...' (Hal Foster, London Review of Books)
'An unusual art book. It is a book you should read. Balzer traces the history and current hegemony of curationism―a practice of jumped-up interior decorators who double as priests explaining the gospel to the unlettered masses. A good read, if you don’t mind reading things that you don’t want to know.' (Dave Hickey, art and culture critic)
An insightful, provocative and entertaining overview of many of the key issues in both art and cultural life today. (Art Review)
Balzer writes with zest, scepticism and sly humour as he tracks the rise of the "star curator" as marking the end of any possible avant-garde. Curationism is a memorable exploration that will change how you see so many daily activities. I loved this brilliant book. (Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?)
'A polemical and art-insider-ish account of what curators do and why not everyone is one.' (Monocle Magazine)
Lucid... a fast but deep account of the rise of the curator through the art world into popular culture. (The Globe and Mail)
Best Art Books of the Year (Sky Goodden, National Post)
Curationism is the kind of book I crave... It is a beautiful, useful, and timely book. (Scrivener Creative Review)
About the Author
David Balzer has contributed to publications including The Believer, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Artforum.com and Capital New York, and is the author of Contrivances, a short-fiction collection. Balzer was born in Winnipeg and currently resides in Toronto, where he makes a living as a critic, editor and teacher.