What projects are you working on right now?
I’m currently preparing a survey of the American pop artist, Tom Wesselmann, for the Nouveau Musée National in Monaco, which will open the summer of 2018 as well as an exhibition on Mexico City for the Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne for next spring, in addition to programming my project space, Lulu in Mexico City.
The most interesting part of being a curator:
Meeting and working with artists and others. Curating is about working with people.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start buying art?
Don’t follow trends, and if you have any doubts or need a second opinion, talk to an artist you trust.
Can you name a figure that inspires you?
The American short story writer Donald Barthelme.
A book you would recommend?
Donald Barthelme’s 40 Stories.
A work of art?
Jochen Lempert. White Leaf, 2013. Silver gelatin print. 12 x 9.5 inches. Edition of 5
The last exhibition you would highlight?
Alice Neel: Uptown. Curated by Hilton Als, at David Zwirner, Chelsea. Link, here.
A 2017 exhibition that you can’t wait to see?
Currently, the two shows I am the most excited to see are the Maureen Gallace survey at PS1 and Philip Guston and the Poets at Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.
Something you would like to visit or do in Buenos Aires?
Where can we follow you on social media?
I’m very active on Instagram: @chrissharpdf
Curator at U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz
Chris Sharp (United States, 1974) is a writer and independent curator based in Mexico City, where he and the Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent run the project space Lulu. A selection of recent exhibitions includes Against Nature, co-curated with Edith Jerabkova at the National Gallery of Prague (2016); As if in a foreign country, at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (2016); A Change of Heart, at Hannah Hoffman gallery, LA; The Secret and Abiding Politics of Stones (2015-2016) at Casa del Lago, Mexico City; The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary at Lulu, Mexico City, co-curated with Fabiola Iza (2015); The Registry of Promise at La Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, 2014, Le Parc St. Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France, 2014, Le Crédac, Ivry, France, 2014, and De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland, 2015; The 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, entitled Le Mouvement, co-curated with Gianni Jetzer, 2014; and Manners of Matter, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, 2014. He is currently preparing exhibitions at kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Pivo, São Paulo, and Le Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. He is a contributing editor of Art Review and Art-Agenda, and his writing has appeared in many magazines, on-line publications and catalogs.