HOW TO PREPARE FOR ARTISSIMA
by Andrew Berardini
To be honest, I'm not very good at preparing for things.
I do manage to pack socks and a toothbrush, though the only items I figure to be truly indispensable are a passport and maybe some pants.
Everything else can be reckoned with.
I aspire to detail-oriented readiness, long for the interest and ability to compose excel sheets that excel and enumerate neat lists with reassuring checkmarks next to each accomplished task, but this is sadly not the case. I can be distracted by a particularly beautiful butterfly passing.
I've read that showing up is most of the job though and I do generally manage that.
I have my plane ticket to Italy and a room booked in Turin under my name, and a project there with my name listed as co-curator.
I'm organizing a show at Artissima this year with my good friend and colleague Lauren Mackler for her space Public Fiction out of Los Angeles. The exhibition required ridiculous amounts of preparation of course as these things generally do, hundreds of emails, dozens of meetings, trips to shipping places and sundry studios, and the difficult-to-quantify work of thinking and then trying to wind up your courage to do the many difficult things required to do much of anything.
Our show will last only four days, the duration of the fair...