Painting validating artist
For artists, the validation and visibility that comes with inclusion in an exhibition of this kind can be career-changing.It can lead to other exhibition and press opportunities, a rise in prices, and hot pursuit from galleries and collectors. They make it their business to visit these super-curators’ hottest new shows, as they traverse the globe to stay up to speed with the art world’s rising stars and all the latest talking points.Their work might involve proposing new artworks to be purchased for the museum’s permanent collection (this is called an “acquisition”), researching and writing on the works for the public (“interpretation”), as well as thinking of new ways to display the collection.
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Equally, we cannot discount the role of galleries who are always pushing the artists on their roster.
Taste-making in the art world is a complex phenomenon and it’s near impossible to measure the role of individual movers and shakers in any particular rise or fall.
The curator proposes an exhibition concept and begins researching relevant works or artists.
It is the curator’s role to oversee everything, from selecting artworks, obtaining loan agreements and deciding on the hang, wall color and texts, to exhibition catalogues, transportation, and insurance.
Also in the mix are art prizes and the panels of arts professionals who judge them.