It could be argued that an artist has the passion to be a good curator. A very necessary requirement.
The professional curator tends to be part of the commercial art world moving in the worlds of administration and budgets. Not necessarily important aspects of a well curated show.
The Curator/ Artist has the freedom to create the art, control its output and have a say in how it is exhibited. It allows the artist to circumvent the often impenetrability of the art world.
Curators decide how works are hung and how the viewing public experience the exhibition. This is a very powerful responsibility and one that the artist should be part of.
Part of the history of curation has been the role the curator can play in acting as a validator and taste master. During the 1960’s small groups of star curators gained influence and positions of power in the contemporary art environment. They were able to make or break an artists career and often became a bigger celebrity than the featured artist.
Professionally the best results are reached when a combination of skills occurs and this can happen when we are able to switch traditional roles. When an artist can both create works and then envisage how best to exhibit them it should not seem strange that these tasks can be executed by the same person.