The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making—The First Six Years is an anthology of the first 12 issues of The Exhibitionist. Established in 2009 as a forum for critical reflection on exhibition making and curatorial practice, The Exhibitionist defines itself as “by curators, for curators.” Modeled after the iconic French film journal Cahiers du cinéma, The Exhibitionist has served a critical role in examining current curatorial practices by focusing specifically on the exhibition format as a site of experimentation and inquiry. The Exhibitionist has historicized, analyzed, and critiqued a phenomenon of which it is itself symptomatic: the rise of the curator since the 1960s, the ensuing explosion of curatorial creativity, and the growing fascination with the discipline of curating.
Over the six years of its printed run, The Exhibitionist published writings by many of the most prominent voices in the field—a veritable who’s who of curatorial practice: Okwui Enwezor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mary Jane Jacob, Nato Thompson, Jessica Morgan, Maria Lind, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, and Massimiliano Gioni, to name just a very select few. Published by The Exhibitionist in collaboration with Distributed Art Publishers, this monumental omnibus edition (clocking in at 975 pages) includes the entire printed run of the journal, a new introduction by founding editor Jens Hoffmann, and a critical approach to a theory of the exhibition by senior editor Julian Myers-Szupinska. The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making—The First Six Year is availabl through artbook | DAP.