Curators Signatures (installation)
Curator’s Signatures focuses on the hand written signatures of curators we have worked or corresponded with over 40 years. Taken from our own archive the collection of 100 signatures ranges from young curators at the beginning of their careers to established and internationally prominent figures. Most of the curators are living, although some are now deceased. As email and electronic communications continue to replace the hand written letter and signature Curator’s Signatures is an historical record of individual characters by their own hand, as well as a reflection on the current time.
Traditionally the artist’s signature has functioned as a cipher for authenticity and a unique creative personality. Curator’s Signatures explores the increasing public prominence of the curator as a creative individual by presenting a collection of the signatures as objects of beauty and contemplation. In some senses the conventional relationship between the artist and the curator is reversed as the curators are brought together as a group for consideration. The signatures vary widely from the prosaic to the aesthetic, from extravagant flourishes and abstract gestures to deliberate and precisely executed marks. In each case one gains the impression of an individual personality distilled to it’s essence.