I feel like I have been “advertising” things a bit here recently (no kickbacks – honest) however, I was very pleased to have the DVD of “Lovely Rita: A Painters Life” arrive today (thanks to Viv!). Get this – just for the extras even !!! I especially enjoyed an expansion on ‘Bette’s Blouse’ and Dane Mitchell’s ‘reading’ of the Angus cottage. It must be the year of Rita Angus and I do wonder how this intensely private woman would make of it all – perhaps relief?
“For the series, 13 of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists were invited to choose a region or community anywhere in New Zealand that they have a personal connection with, and create a new artwork with participants from that chosen community. New Artland documents the journey from the artist’s studio to the final unveiling, capturing both the artistic process and the impressions of the general public as they become involved with the work. The show is fresh, diverse, epic, wondrous and, most importantly, accessible to everyday New Zealanders.”– well lets hope so! I haven’t seen it yet because I have to do some fiddling with my firewall to get it to play, but the first episode featured Ronnie Van Hout.
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. Thorstein Veblen (1857 – 1929)
So in this spirit…
Do Galleries with collections “weed” them now and again – like libraries? I have been trying to track down various works and it would appear (although not yet confirmed) that they are not held where the used to be.
What do curators do? Yes I can use Google, but for example the wikipedia entry is not really answering my questions. I can grasp ‘guest curator’ to a degree, but does a curator for example take charge of logistics of mounting an exhibition (eg loans, budgets etc)?
Feel free to comments or use the contact page for an offline discussion if you can help. Chocolate fish may be awarded for useful answers.