February 04, 2012

Stowe Boyd's 1st post on The Futures Agency blog: Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal TFA's new Chief Curator Stowe Boyd nails it, here "I think it’s fitting that my first post here should lay out some thoughts about the changing nature of media, at a microcosmic level: the level of an active participant in the swirling media landscape. Specifically, I want to say a few words about curation, and what it is coming to mean these days. I do so partly to make sense of the hifalutin title of chief curator that Gerd has conferred on me as part of our on-going cooperative work, but also to suggest some thoughts about the nature of gathering and disseminating ideas. The title of this post is the oft-quoted ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’, which is generally attributed to Pablo Picasso. However, no concrete proof exists that he ever said those words. Some researchers, including Nancy Prager, believe that the germ of this idea can be attributed back to TS Eliot: Eliot, T.S., “Philip Massinger,” The Sacred Wood, New York: Bartleby.com, 2000. One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest. I am not really discussing poetry, or even art: at least in the way it is conceived in our time. What I am interested in is today’s curation: when we read and analyze a wide...

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