Reading up on curation and its importance

Curating an exhibition is harder than you think. The lighting, positioning, the relationship between the viewer and the artwork and the journey through the exhibition are just a number of the different judgements a curator needs to make. Before placing the work, if not the artist themselves, the curator needs to understand the artwork by reading up on it and talking it through with the artist. Curation has been a degree course since the 1990s where the students are taught the history of art and consequently, how to curate art itself. Curation is not always recognised especially by the generic public as an important part of the art world.

‘How to make a great exhibition’ by Paula Marincola references different arguments as to the importance of curation. Some suggest curation becomes part of the artwork and that the relationship between the viewer and the art itself is a key part of the display. Others talk about the importance of exhibitions simply having a purpose of display art and artefacts for viewers to see. These factors, I believe are both important in curation because as an artist who displays there work, the way the viewer engages with the artwork is just as importance as the exhibition being a way of viewing said art.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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