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Commissioning Contemporary Art

A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists

Louisa Buck, Daniel McClean

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An essential guide to commissioning contemporary art, packed with words of advice and insights from some of the world’s best-known artists, curators and collectors

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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 to the financing and the final installation of works.

Combining theoretical and conceptual considerations with practical ones, Buck and McClean’s 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.

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'Very readable … very thought-provoking'

'Well conceived and eminently practical … required reading for anyone intending to enter into this precarious union … together, the art critic and legal expert successfully demythologize the process of commissioning a contemporary work of art'
The Art Newspaper

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 21.0 x 14.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 8 October 2012

ISBN: 9780500238981

About the Author

Louisa Buck is a writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. She has been the London contemporary art columnist for The Art Newspaper, and is a regular reviewer on BBC radio and TV, including Front Row, Nightwaves and BBC World Service’s The Strand. She has written numerous books and was a judge for the 2005 Turner Prize.

Daniel McClean specialises in art law. He is the co-author, with Karsten Schubert, of Trials of Art; Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture.

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