It's a must-read for the art history nerds out there, and a fascinating introduction to a nascent field for everyone else.--Ian Wallace "Artspace "
Hoffmann (The Jewish Museum in New York) focuses his analysis on 50 art exhibitions that primarily took place post-1990. This date is significant since it marks the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the globalization of the art world. The selected shows demonstrate innovative curatorial practices and document the evolution of the curatorial profession in an increasingly multicultural world. The exhibitions are presented thematically rather than chronologically. Topics include exhibitions in public spaces; the artist as curator; multidisciplinary exhibitions; the international art biennial and its role in shaping contemporary art; sociopolitical issues; and underrepresented art and artists, such as non-Western artists and performance work. Each chapter includes a brief overview and five to eight exhibitions that illustrate the theme, including dates, locations, curators, contributing artists, installation photos and floor plans, and information about the exhibition catalogue and promotional materials. Although international in scope, the exhibitions took place mainly in Europe and North America. The book concludes with an interview with seven international curators and suggested readings for further consideration of the history of curatorial practice. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.--C.B. Cannon "CHOICE "
It's appropriate that Hoffmann-who has built his career on remounting historically significant exhibitions- should be the brains behind this definitive list. Though the exhibitions Hoffmann has chosen to highlight have little commonality in their geographies, artworks or even curatorial methodologies, they share a preoccupation with what curation means today, and how curators might take charge of staging experiencies with artworks.--Canadianart