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Links! How Not to Curate, Promote

by Will Brand on March 28, 2012

  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art scored a bit of a coup last year when curator Lisa Freiman was chosen to curate the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. How best to cash in? By straight-up cashing in, hiring Freiman out as an art consultant to a museum trustee. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re doing anything immoral; “immoral” would be if Freiman recommended a trustee buy up an artist immediately before they got a show at the museum. Except, yeah, that happened too. [BLOUINTyler BLOUINGreen]
  • Felix Salmon has a good piece at Reuters examining the secondary market (or lack thereof) for Damien Hirst. Salmon argues that Hirst has created a market largely based around himself as seller, limiting opportunities for resale and generally acting more like Prada than Richter. The finale: “Collectors are not getting rich off [Hirst’s] work. But he is.” [Reuters]
  • Wandering around Wikipedia last night, we came across some wikipromotion for Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the artistic one amongst the Bahraini royal family. It’s a heroic biography. Read about his development of Individualism (it ends in -ism, it’s serious guys), his early interest in horses, and his time as the Undersecretary of Immigration. Listen, we’re not saying you can’t do a little self-promotion, but this is over the top. Besides which, you’re a Shaikh—there’s gotta be a better way. Remember when Phillips de Pury put on a show with Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of Azerbaijan’s dictator? Get on board that train! [Wikipedia]
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Paddy Johnson at The Daily: G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! U.S. installation at Venice Biennale challenges notions of 'competition'

by Paddy Johnson on May 25, 2011
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The Venice Biennale only happens once every two years, but it's the closest approximation to an international sporting event the art would has. Next month, countries will once more vie for the honor of Best National Pavilion, the highly sought-after Golden Lion award no one in the field will admit they are actively competing for. Even if it's a rather lofty way of thinking about art, the idea that one artwork should be somehow more transcendent than another is distasteful to many in the profession.

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