Curator Jens Hoffman’s Theater of Exhibitions considers the plight of “art after the end of art” and asks whether inherited frameworks of making, theorizing and exhibiting art still apply to contemporary practice. Are exhibitions still an appropriate form of assembly and embodied ritual in our 21st-century global society? Drawing from his formation in theater and his own curatorial work, Hoffmann reflects on the current spaces of contemporary art—the gallery, the institution and the biennial. Ultimately he positions the discipline of curating in the context of a larger cultural sphere—one shaped by the political, social and economic conditions and demanding new attitudes and new thinking. The book also considers the commodification of the art industry and the distribution of images in the digital age and posits the exhibition as an anthropological endeavor, with curator as agent.
5 x 7 1/2 inches / 88 pp / 8 color
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