Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists

Commissioning Contemporary Art: A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists

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Louisa Buck is contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper. Among her other books are Owning Art, Market Matters: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Art Market and, with Judith Greer, The Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook. Daniel McClean is the co-author, with Karsten Schubert, of Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture.

This handbook provides the definitive guide to commissioning contemporary art. Every step and stage is revealed and demystified from the initial invitation to an artist to the financing of a project, from the drafting of contracts to the final siting and installation of works, from the care and preservation of commissioned pieces to their interpretation and publicity.

Combining theoretical and conceptual considerations with practical ones, Buck and McCleans lively and instructive text is supplemented with copious quotations and insights from some of the best-known artists, curators, commissioners and museum directors of today, including Nicholas Serota, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeff Koons, Vito Acconci, Mark Wallinger, Anish Kapoor, RoseLee Goldberg, Thomas Krens, Anne Pasternak, Barbara Gladstone, Mera Rubell, and Olafur Eliasson, to provide a detailed and informed how-to guide to the commissioning process.

Product Code 1035516
ISBN 9780500238981
Authors Louisa Buck, Daniel McClean
Format Hardback
GTIN 9780500238981
Pages 320
Published October
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd
Dimensions 21.8 X 14.7 X 2.5 cm
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