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Restitution (The Return of Cultural Artefacts)
Alexander Herman


RestitutionRestitution (The Return of Cultural Artefacts)
Hot Topics in the Art World
Alexander Herman
Co-published by Lund Humphries and Sotheby’s Institute of Art


104 Pages
130 x 200 mm
ISBN 9781848225367


Curating Art Now is a timely reflection on the practice of curating and the role of the art curator during a period of rapid change. Curating has a pivotal position in the art world: it is embedded in the identity and expertise of the museum and plays an ever-increasing role in the commercial art sector too. Current curatorial practice encompasses a wide range of activities, from the care of collections in museums to the presentation of large-scale contemporary biennials, and from collaboration with artists to presentations of work on digital platforms.

Curating has grown substantially in the last decades, and in the early 2020s is undergoing a significant period of transition as it grapples with some fundamental questions. How diverse and inclusive is curating as a profession, and how does that inform the art and artists who come to prominence? How possible is it to conduct exploratory and inclusive curatorial work in the challenging economic climate of the early 2020s? What is the extent of a curator’s autonomy within the various institutions and structures in which they work, and what power dynamics are at work between artists and curators? Finally, how might digital art and exhibition-making give way to hybrid forms of practice, and even challenge the face of traditional curating? Lilian Cameron’s lively review addresses all of these issues, and considers the future landscape of curating in an uncertain world.

About the Series
This new series of short, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial books will debate key issues of current relevance to art-world professionals internationally working in both the private and public sectors. The series will give wider visibility to some critical areas of professional art-world practice, considering: what are the disruptors challenging the status quo, and how is the art world likely to be transformed over the next decades as a result? The books are aimed at current arts professionals and students, while also being accessible to a non-specialist audience as well as specialists and professionals working in related fields.

Key themes will include: the global art world; art and technology; art, consumerism and entertainment; public art and private money; the changing role of the art creative; the rise of China; gender and diversity in the art world; and curating in a digital age.

About the Author
Alexander Herman is the director of the Institute of Art and Law. Prior to this, he practised law in Montreal, Canada, and worked with renowned art law barrister Norman Palmer, QC CBE. He has written, taught and presented on an array of topics in relation to art and cultural property, including on art transactions, restitution, international conventions, copyright, exports and art collecting. Alexander’s writing has appeared in the press, and he has been quoted widely on art law topics, including in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, the New York Times and Globe and Mail. His work has also been cited in the UK House of Lords and before the US Supreme Court.

About the Publishers
Lund Humphries
 is a long-established, independent publisher of  books on Art, Architecture and Design. Their books are for Visual Arts scholars, professionals, students and art enthusiasts across a wide range of specialisms.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is a private, for-profit institution of higher education devoted to the study of art and its markets with campuses in London, New York City and online. The institute offers full-time accredited master’s degrees as well as a range of postgraduate certificates, summer, semester and online courses, public programmes, and executive education. It is a subsidiary of Sotheby’s fine art dealers.