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The Curator's Handbook by Adrian Geroge is the most clear and complete guide yet to the art of curating.

This thorough and authoritative handbook explores the world of the curator, from pitching ideas and writing loan requests to working with artists, lenders and art handlers; from writing interpretation material to installing and promoting exhibitions.

The introduction maps the history of curating from its origins in the 17th century to the multifarious roles of the curator today: tastemaker, custodian, interpreter, educator, facilitator and organizer. Adrian George then guides the reader through the processes of curating an exhibition in twelve chapters. Each step is described in valuable detail and clear, informative language by this experienced curator, whose text pinpoints the keys to success (as well as which pitfalls to avoid).

With advice and tips from a cast of international museum directors and curators – including Daniel Birnbaum, Aric Chen, Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jennifer Russell and Nicholas Serota – The Curator's Handbook is the essential handbook for all students, museum and gallery professionals, and established or aspiring curators.

  • Published by Thames and Hudson Ltd
  • Published 1 March 2015
  • 334 pages
  • Hardback

Adrian George is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the UK Government Art Collection in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art MA in Curatorial Practice, he has held curatorial posts at Tate Liverpool, Tate Modern, London, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.