n De Arte - On curating Earthworks/Claybodies : an exhibition of ceramic sculpture : collecting and curating

Volume 2003, Issue 68
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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In the world of international exhibitions - one immediately thinks of Documenta (held in Kassel, Germany every four years) and the Venice Biennale - it is the convention for the curators to spin complex webs of curatorial intent. Within the conceptual frameworks articulated by the curators, the exhibited works of art achieve their significance. The selected artworks thus form part of a complex whole and, as such, are meant to reveal an overall verity, which it has been the privilege of the curator (the artist?) to have foreseen. However, to approach a curatorial situation without such an articulated conceptual vantage point is like standing on the edge of an abyss.

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