MSB brainstorming

21 February 2014

Curators crowned kings of the art world

First published October 17, 2009

"Curators crowned kings of the art world: Artists relegated to also-rans in power list."

In the "I told you so" department, an article by Andy McSmith in The Independant, including the list of the top 100 most powerful people in the artworld.

"If you want clout in the art world in these recessionary times, you are better off putting pen to paper as a curator than paintbrush to canvas as a jobbing artist."

Continue reading here.

God bless Jerry Saltz, for calling it out when being interviewed by Irving Sandler for The Brooklyn Rail:
"The same sixteen curators assemble all the shows all over the world, showing the same sixteen artists. It’s horrible and frustrating. If you’re not on the circuit you can’t get in the circuit. That’s bad. I see a lot of mid-career artists who have done something for years get passed over for a much younger artist doing essentially the same thing. I see younger artists getting passed over simply because another curator hasn’t given them the stamp of approval."

I think it is a continuing cycle.....the next top movers?.......Wealthy publishers, Industrialists (see the rise of interest in Ayn Rand), maybe museum docents, those long neglected players.......

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