Commissioning Contemporary Art

A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists


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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Louisa Buck, Daniel McClean


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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Weight 586 g
Dimensions 14.7 x 21.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 19 November 2012
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.7 x 21.7 cm
Weight 586 g
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.