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An Interview with Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard, Senior Curator at City Gallery, Wellington as of January 2014

Outgoing IMA Director Robert Leonard was recently interviewed by fellow curator Hannah Mathews for ABC Arts.  You can read the full interview online, but here’s LOL’s fave punchy bit:

“These days many curators talk as if their job is primarily to please artists—to represent and protect their interests. Keeping artists happy is important, but it’s not the only important thing. As a curator, there are times when you work for artists, times when you work alongside them, and times when you work against them. For a curator, it’s important to find opportunities to operate in all these registers. Curators need to be more than just artists’ enablers.”

Yvonne Todd in conversation with Robert Leonard

Work by Yvonne Todd is included in Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, a largely collection-based exhibition of New Zealand artists at Queensland Art Gallery that runs until July 4.  You can watch the rest of Yvonne Todd’s interview with IMA Director Robert Leonard on Queensland Art Gallery’s YouTube channel here.