A new guard of curators is taking root at major American art museums as the organizations aim to recharge programming and attract younger audiences, The New York Times reports in a special section on the museum scene.
The article profiles nine up-and-coming curators, all in their 30s, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Washington’s National Gallery, and other venerable institutions. The package also includes stories on the Guggenheim Museum’s unusual auction of works currently on display; a planned exhibition of Haitian art that survived the earthquake; and the opening this fall of the new Art of the Americas wing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, among other topics.
In other arts news, the British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation will seek to raise up to $61-million in the auction sale of a Picasso that was the subject of a recent ownership dispute, says Bloomberg.
The foundation, which supports arts and culture causes, had planned to auction off the 1903 work popularly known as “The Absinthe Drinker” in 2006, but it was sued for ownership by the descendents of a German-Jewish banker, who claimed their forebear had been forced to sell the painting to the Nazis. The case was settled last December.
Also, The New York Times reports on the relationship between the Judith Rothschild Foundation and its sole trustee, Harvey S. Shipley Miller, whose stewardship of the late artist’s charity and art collection has both raised questions and won praise in the wake of controversy over the organization’s monthslong delay in honoring grant commitments made last year.
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