Commissioning Contemporary Art (Hardcover)

A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists

By Louisa Buck, Daniel McClean

Thames & Hudson, 9780500238981, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2012

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In an age of blockbuster exhibitions and public art projects, the most exciting artworks are often those that have been specially commissioned for a specific site or event. This invaluable guide reveals and demystifies every stage of the commissioning process--from the initial invitation to an artist and the financing of a project to the final installation of works. Combining theoretical and conceptual considerations with practical ones, the text is supplemented with copious quotations and insights from some of the best-known artists, curators, commissioners, and museum directors of today. It is an essential guide for anyone involved in the process of commissioning new art--private collectors, foundations, public bodies, museums, galleries, and artists themselves--as well as those fascinated by the inner workings of the contemporary art world.