Association of Art Museum Directors Sanctions Delaware Art Museum


The Association of Art Museum Directors has sanctioned the Delaware Art Museum following the institution’s deacessioning a work from its collection to help pay off its debt. William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil (1868) sold at Christie’s this week for a final hammer price of $4.25 million, far below estimate. Sanctions result in the museum being unable to accept exhibition loans from any of 242 AAMD members, not to mention a serious loss of reputation among the art community. The AAMD’s statement on the matter is below. Read More


MoMA Is Doing a Björk Retrospective

Clearly shocked about the forthcoming Bjork retrospective.

America’s favorite quirky curator, Klaus Biesenbach, has organized a show featuring 20 years of Björk’s “daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums.” It will open at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015. According to a press release, “The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and Read More


Credit-Rating Your Local Museum

The Delaware Art Museum is planning to sell works, aiming to right its finances. (Photo by Leslie W. Kipp)

Former Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Chief Curator Paul Schimmel has won praise from critics for his exhibitions, but you can’t eat praise. In 2012, Mr. Schimmel resigned and, in an op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. MOCA trustee and art collector Eli Broad cast aside claims that Mr. Schimmel was fired but noted that “the museum has … curated a number of exhibitions that were costly and poorly attended, often exceeding $100 per visitor. In today’s economic environment, museums must be fiscally prudent and creative in presenting cost-effective, visually stimulating exhibitions that attract a broad audience.” Read More


A Peek at the Jewish Museum’s ‘Other Primary Structures’


“Art history’s really depressing,” said Jewish Museum Deputy Director Jens Hoffmann, “because you look back to all these wonderful, very radical art movements that happened and you always feel, ‘Why am I in this moment, and not in Dada or whatever.’” While his new exhibition at the museum may induce nostalgia, “Other Primary Structures” is far from depressing. It’s a tight presentation of Minimalist sculpture from around the globe with more than a few playful works, like wiggling pillars of foam by Filipino artist David Medalla and small aluminum sculptures by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark that viewers are invited to touch and rearrange. Read More


Corcoran May Merge With National Gallery, George Washington University

The Corcoran. (Photo by afagen/Flickr)

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. Read More