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Check out our selection of Books about Art Curating that won't cost you the Earth!

8th December 2021 | Image Curators Advisory
The Curator's Handbook: Museums, Commercial Galleries, Independent Spaces by Adrian George
This is the clearest and most comprehensive introduction to the art of curating yet, covering everything from proposing your ideas and drafting loan requests to working with artists, partners, and art managers; from producing press releases to displaying and advertising your exhibition.
Curating Digital Art: From Presenting and Collecting Digital Art to Networked Co-Curation (Making Public) by Annet Dekker 
This book examines the effects and impacts of curating digital art through more than 20 interviews with artists and curators, as well as a detailed timeline, focusing on how curators, artists, and designers worked together to create new possibilities for displaying and accessing digital art.

How to Write About Contemporary Art
by Gilda Williams. ~ £10
How to Write About Contemporary Art by Gilda Williams
Fundamental to writing about the art of our time in an engaging way, How to Write About Contemporary Art brings practical tips that range across the complete spectrum of art-writing. This book guides readers through the major elements of style and content, from the piece's goals and structure to its tone and language, making it invaluable for students, arts professionals, and other aspiring writers.
Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists by Louisa Buck
This booklet is the ultimate guide to commissioning contemporary art. From the original invitation to an artist to the financing of a project, from the drafting of contracts to the final placement and installation of works, from the maintenance and preservation of commissioned artworks to their interpretation and publicity, every step and stage is exposed and demystified.

Expect the best-known artists, curators, commissioners and museum directors of today, including Nicholas Serota, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeff Koons, Vito Acconci, Mark Wallinger, Anish Kapoor, RoseLee Goldberg, Thomas Krens, Anne Pasternak, Barbara Gladstone, Mera Rubell, and Olafur Eliasson, to provide a detailed and informed how-to guide to the commissioning process.

Curating After the Global: Roadmaps for the Present by Paul O'Neill
In this volume, an international, interdisciplinary group of writers discuss what it means to be global—or to be local—in the context of artistic, curatorial and theoretical knowledge and practice. Curating After the Global considers curating and questions of locality, geopolitical change, the reassertion of nation-states, and the violent diminishing of citizen and denizen rights across the globe.

Ways of Seeing: John Berger by John Berger ~ £7.50

Ways of Seeing: John Berger by John Berger
Based on the BBC television series, John Berger's Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.
Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating by Maura Reilly
This book examines and illustrates pioneering examples of exhibitions that have demonstrated that new curatorial approaches are possible. Arranged in thematic sections focusing on feminism, race and sexuality, the author exposes both the disparities and inclusive solutions of curating activist art, taking examples Nochlin’s ‘Women Artists’ at the LACMA in the mid-1970s and Martin’s ‘Carambolages’ in 2016 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Maura Reilly addresses the urgent need in the contemporary art world for curatorial strategies that provide alternatives to exclusionary models of collecting and display.
Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space
First appeared in Artforum in 1976, these essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the history and issues of postwar art in Europe and the United States. Full of ideas, relentless in their pursuit of contradiction and paradox, they exhibit both the understanding of the artist (Patrick Ireland) and the precision of Brian O'Doherty. This edition also includes "The Gallery as Gesture," a critically important piece published ten years after the other essays.
Thinking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith
Thinking Contemporary Curating is the first book to comprehensively chart the variety of practices of curating undertaken today, and to think through, systematically, what is distinctive about contemporary curatorial thought.


Curating As Ethics (Thinking Theory)

by Jean-Paul Martinon. £20.99 (paperback).

Curating as Ethics by Jean-Paul Martinon
Curating as Ethics is primarily philosophical in scope, evading normative approaches to ethics in favour of intuitive ethics that operate at the threshold of thought and action. It explores the work of authors as diverse as Heidegger, Spinoza, Meillassoux, Mudimbe, Chalier, and Kofman. This book argues that curating can be more than just selecting, organising, and presenting information in galleries or online. Curating can also constitute an ethics, one of acquiring, arranging, and distributing an always conjectural knowledge about the world.

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