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By Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladd

A part of JRP|Ringer's leading edge Documents sequence, released with Les Presses du Reel and devoted to serious writings, this booklet contains a special number of interviews by means of Hans Ulrich Obrist mapping the improvement of the curatorial field--from early autonomous curators within the Nineteen Sixties and 70s and the experimental institutional courses built in Europe and the U.S. in the course of the inception of Documenta and a few of the biennales and fairs--with pioneering curators Anne D'Harnoncourt, Werner Hoffman, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hulten and Harald Szeemann.

Speaking of Szeemann at the get together of this mythical curator's loss of life in 2005, critic Aaron Schuster summed up, "the photo we now have of the curator this present day: the curator-as-artist, a roaming, freelance clothier of exhibitions, or in his personal witty formula, a 'spiritual visitor worker'... If artists on account that Marcel Duchamp have affirmed choice and association as valid creative options, used to be it no longer easily a question of time prior to curatorial practice--itself outlined by way of choice and arrangement--would grow to be obvious as an paintings that operates at the box of artwork itself?"

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