February 3, 2013

Perverse Curating Essay Fragment


The Curator is expected to know the difference between good and bad art, select relevant examples from the good, and arrange them into consequent, thematically resonant exhibitions. Works should complement each other rather than clash. Themes should be relevant and sophisticated. Perverse Curating says fuck that. Why must art be well-behaved and why is it the curators job the color within the lines? Who is willing to put art together in provocative ways that defy all notions of politeness and common sense? Instead of works that complement each other, what if the art was at war? Would a more perverse, combative form of exhibition-making, over time, lead to more exciting art?


Other approaches to Perverse Curating can be found here and here.


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