Smith's book... considers the issue of what it means to curate "the
contemporary". It draws on his broad knowledge and lengthy
experience in the field to produce an account that is global in
scope and that considers a remarkable range of exhibitions,
institutions and practices. [It] tellingly describe[s] the
increasingly professional, institutional, academic, theorized, and
historically informed character of curating.--Julian Stallabrass
Art critics, art historians, the general public, and even artists don't pay sufficient attention to the curatorial thought behind exhibitions. They tend to assume that it is the same kind of thinking that they do. Thinking Contemporary Curating tries to distinguish what is distinctive about how curators think and what they do, yet also identify what they share with other artworld actors.--Orit Gat "Modern Painters "
Concisely informative (for academic texts), [it offers]. at least for this reader, a long-needed overview of the professionals who-- even more than artists, dealers and collectors, and way more than critics-- run the art world today.--Peter Plagens "Art in America "