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 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.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 25 mm
'Very readable ... very thought-provoking' - Independent
'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