Bradley Wester

Curatorial Practice. Does it go too far?

This provocative article by Anton Vidokle suggests there are issues to be wary of with regard to curatorial practice today:
Art Without Artists?

I’m in the midst of an interesting debate about the subject via email with an anthropologist and an architect. With their permission I’ll include some of our discussion here at a later date. The discussion began when the three of us were in Berlin at the same time and together saw some of the 2010 Berlin Biennale.

There are several books to come out recently that tackle the debate in more depth. Here are some:

Curating Subjects. Edited by Paul O’Neill
A broad range of contributors were invited to comment on both the presentation of art in general and the curatorial endeavours of others, in turn providing critical food for thought in an area which is undergoing re-definition. The book includes writings and interviews from some 20 practitioners including; Okwui Enwezor, Liam Gillick, Robert Nickas, Anshuman Das Gupta and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating
Essays by: Sara Arrhenius, David Carrier, Boris Groys, Kate Fowle, Dave Hickey, Geeta Kapur, Young Chul Lee, David Levi Strauss, Jean-Hubert Martin, Andras Szanto

Curating and the Educational Turn (Occasional Table)
In recent years there has been increased debate on the incorporation of pedagogy into curatorial practice-on what has been termed “the educational turn” (“turn” in the sense of a paradigmatic reorientation, within the arts). Contributors include David Aguirre, Dave Beech, Cornford & Cross, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Tom Holert and Emily Pethick.