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curate's egg

Something that is partly good and partly bad. Taken from a British cartoon about a curate, or priest, who was given a bad egg but focused on the egg's good characteristics as he did not want to offend the person who gave it to him. Primarily heard in UK. Our vacation was a bit of a curate's egg; the first few days were sunny, but the rest of the week was ruined by the heavy rain and flooding.
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a curate's egg

BRITISH
If you describe something as a curate's egg, you think that parts of it are good and parts of it are bad. His collection of duets with famous friends is something of a curate's egg. It's a real curate's egg of a production; intermittently brilliant in the first half, but a dreadful disappointment in the second. Note: A curate is a clergyman in the Church of England who helps the vicar or rector of a parish. A well-known Victorian cartoon published in the British magazine `Punch' shows a curate having breakfast with a senior clergyman. The curate has been given a bad egg but he is anxious not to offend anyone, so he says that it is `good in parts'.
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a curate's egg

something that is partly good and partly bad.
This expression stems from a Punch cartoon produced in 1895 , showing a meek curate breakfasting with his bishop. bishop: I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones . curate: Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!
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the/a ˌcurate’s ˈegg

(British English) something that has some good things and some bad things about it: ‘Is it an interesting book?’ ‘It’s a bit of a curate’s egg, good in parts. The dialogue’s often quite amusing.’This idiom comes from a story in the magazine Punch. A polite curate (= an assistant to a priest) is given a bad egg while eating in the house of a very senior priest. When asked if he likes the egg, he replies that ‘parts of it are excellent’.
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O'Neill successfully describes how curating has become a high-profile and highly influential profession within the art world: curation gradually became professionalized.
Both authors dwell on the rise of an academic discourse around curating, and their books are destined to be used in courses that offer curatorial training.
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It's tough explaining just what exactly the Wrong Gallery is (Cattelan, Gioni, and Subotnick started it in a shallow doorway in New York), much less how it's curating the 4th Berlin Biennale, inexplicably titled "Of Mice and Men.
Like great art, great curating involves a strong element of self-portraiture, and the artists with whom Hopps worked most intensely and often--from Schwitters and Cornell to Rauschenberg and Kienholz--share a worldview as magnificently encyclopedic as his own.
Certainly Dean's purpose in curating "An Aside" wasn't to prompt comparisons between her own work and Scheibitz's, but it was nonetheless with this thought in mind that I sensed what is so important about an artist-curated show like this one.
Soon he was writing reviews for Artforum, organizing loquacious dinners at Barocco, and curating memorable shows.
Will this putative interest in curating for curating's sake dovetail with the Serpentine's glamorous profile and frankly international programming?
in Creative Curating (mischievously implying that the other curating courses in London were uncreative), and Thorp decided to earmark the summer slot for a show organized by a group of Goldsmiths students.
Fortunately, sensitive curating of the individual segments proved more powerful than their overall tendency to work at cross-purposes.
Jan-Erik Lundstrom, director of the BildMuseet, had met Enwezor in South Africa in 1997, when Enwezor was curating the second Johannesburg Biennale.
JF: I came to curating through the alternative-space movement in the late '70s and early '80s, when much of my early work was devoted to providing opportunities for artists.
RR: Another root for curating is "to care for," which I think makes sense if you consider it in an expanded sense.