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FAP:O Talk - Curationism


FAP:O Talk - Curationism

In March, 2015, I did a FAP:O (Fine Art Photography: Ottawa - fap-o.ca) talk riffing off the then current book "Curationism" by David Balzer. These notes are out on the FAP:O web site but I thought I might add them to my writings here as well.

Here are the overall notes followed by links to the more detailed notes on each book:



I'm going to talk about what became a cluster of reading for me over the last six months.
Start with the spectacular - The Painted Word
  • Commentary & opinion on the playing out of the art theory lineage from around 1900 to NYC theorists in the 50s & 60s to the ultmate endpoint of art as literature.
  • A widely influencial book. All three of the others mention it in a positive way.
Continue with Wagstaff
  • First to show minimalist art in a museum
  • Developer of the market in photography
  • Central figure in gay culture
On with Seven Days in the Art World
  • The near current scene
  • Journalism done in an ethnographic style
  • Recently she has published "33 Artists in 3 Acts" from the same point of view
Finish with Curationism
  • A FASCINATING look at the evolution of the curator and curation.
  • Posits the end of the avant-garde and star curators

Final conclusion: Most of us will never really participate in the Art Market described in these books. In 2009 Sarah Thornton said:
  • Since the 1970s BA & MFA derees have become the first legitimator. After that, in no particular order:
  • representation by a primary dealer
  • grants, awards & residencies
  • media coverge in art magazines
  • inclusion in prestigeous private collections
  • museum validation in group shows
  • international exposure in biennalies
  • solo shows in public places (particularly museum retrospectives)
  • strong resale interest at auction
My conclusion is that we are better off not worrying about that world. There is another world that we can particiate in that is similar but different - the world of finely crafted photo objects.
I get this from Brooks Jenson at Lenswork.

Book report notes: