Monday, January 16, 2012

biennales as temporary museums for contemporary art

Kate Fowle writes that biennales “could act as a testing ground for artists and a barometer for the development of art practice.” However, because Indonesia lacks art museums that collect and preserve art works, and by doing so put these works in context, biennales could offer this context and serve as temporary museums for contemporary art and provide a context by not only looking forward but also by looking back (thus: not only focusing on the young, the hip & the talented, which serves the art market but doesn’t provide any context).

Kate Fowle, “Who Cares? Understanding the Role of the Curator Today,” in Cautionary Tales, eds. Steven rand and Heather Kouris (New York: Apex Art, 2007), 15.

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