Julian Stallabrass

  • contemporary curating

    The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), by Paul O’Neill. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. 192 pages.

    Thinking Contemporary Curating, by Terry Smith. New York: Independent Curators International, 2012. 256 pages.

    TWO RECENT BOOKS about curating bear remarkably similar covers: capital letters in related fonts in alternating black and white against a plain ground, repeating the main terms of the title. The large black lettering on Paul O’Neill’s book reads: CULTURE CURATING CURATING CULTURE(S), while Terry Smith’s cover repeats his title words—THINKING CONTEMPORARY CURATING—three

  • Isabelle Graw’s High Price: Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture

    Isabelle Graw, High Price: Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture, translated by Nicholas Grindell (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2009), 248 pages.

    THIS BOOK ABOUT PRICE, value, celebrity, and the merging of work and identity comes at a propitious time. Largely written at the height of the speculative bubble for contemporary art, it issues into an utterly changed scene that offers a sharp perspective on what for so long appeared to be merely business as usual. Price and fame were certainly closely tied: As the author notes, in the wake of the financial crisis, reporting on the art world in the