PRINT September 2006

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Jens Hoffmann

THREE’S A CROWD. That would appear to be the thinking, anyway, among adventurous international curators at London institutions. For no sooner than Hans-Ulrich Obrist arrived at the Serpentine Gallery and Ralph Rugoff settled into his seat at the Hayward Gallery (see Artforum, Summer 2006), Jens Hoffmann—whose audacious two and a half years as director of exhibitions at the city’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) arguably paved the way for them—announced his departure. In November the Costa Rica–born curator will become director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco.

This, of course, is the post just vacated by Rugoff, during whose six-year directorship Matthew Higgs also left the ICA to work as a curator at the CCA Wattis. What does this venue—smaller, outside an international art hub—have to offer over London’s most determinedly edgy art establishment?

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