After years of financial insecurity and questions about its future, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. announced today that it is considering a merger with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.
Under the proposal, which will have to be approved by the boards of the National Gallery and George Washington, the National Gallery would absorb a considerable portion of the Corcoran’s 17,000-piece collection and organize shows in its building, which is said to be in need of some $100 million in renovation, and GW would take over the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Works not taken on by the NGA would be distributed to other museums.
Alex Prager, who is known for her richly saturated color photographs of staged, cinematic scenes, is now represented by Lehmann Maupin. The gallery will present Ms. Prager’s work at Frieze London and at FIAC in Paris, after which the Los Angeles-based artist will be the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., opening on Nov. 23. Her debut exhibition at Lehmann Maupin will take place in early January at its Chrystie Street location.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., may be planning to sell its current home, a Beaux-Arts building at 17th Street and New York Avenue NW, and relocate, the Washington City Paper reports, citing three unnamed sources.
While a location has not been named, two sources told the paper independently that one possibility for the relocation, which is said to be the result of the shuffling of the institution’s leadership, is the waterfront in Alexandria, Va.
Paul Roth, who left the Corcoran Gallery, in Washington, D.C., near the end of 2009 to become director of the Richard Avedon Foundation, is returning to the museum as senior curator and director of photography. Artforum spotted the news, which was first reported by Kristen Capps of The Washington City Paper.