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Collins & Milazzo

Before Collins & Milazzo, “independent curator” was a sleepy designation for moonlighting art critics and academics. After the pair’s roaring descent on the scene circa 1984, it became a full-blown job description. A visit to a show organized by the twosome was an instant entrée to a world in which cool Conceptualism, an overheated market, and French theory in overdrive shared the same bed; for artists, being tapped by the curatorial duo meant that suddenly one’s work was part of the discourse. It was a heady time, made even more so by the deliberate ambiguity fostered by the curators themselves over the role they played in marketing the work they championed.

While permanently altering the nature of curatorial practice in the US, Collins & Milazzo’s role as catalyst in the late-’80s neo-Conceptual takeover of the East Village was no less decisive. Even a cursory study of the former couple’s

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