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Paper Monument
I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette
With contributions from 38 artists, critics, curators, and dealers on the sometimes serious and sometimes ridiculous topic of manners in the art world.
The art world is now both socially professional and professionally social. Curators visit artists’ studios; collectors, dealers, and journalists assemble for a reception and reconvene later for dinner; everyone goes to parties. We exchange introductions and small talk; art is bought and sold; careers (and friendships) brighten or fade. In each situation, certain behaviors are expected while others are silently discouraged. Sometimes, what’s appropriate in the real world would be catastrophic in the art world, and vice versa.
Making these distinctions on the spot can be nerve-wracking and disastrous. So Paper Monument asked themselves: What is the place of etiquette in art? How do social mores establish our communities, mediate our critical discussions, and frame our experience of art? If we were to transcribe these unspoken laws, what would they look like? What happens when the rules are broken? Since they didn’t have all the answers, they politely asked their friends for some help.
Softcover, 4 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in., 56 pages, text, perfect bound.