If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been AWOL from the blog, here’s the answer: A Capital Overhaul at the National Gallery, my review in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal (online now). The reinstallations of the permanent collection—comprehensive in the renovated, expanded East Building (modern and contemporary art), far-reaching in the West Building (historic collections)—amount to a reinvention and revitalization of the institution.
Here’s the cast of curators who reshuffled the deck with provocative pairings and strengthened representation of key artists, aided by the influx of some 8,766 works (219 now on display), acquired from the venerable (now defunct) Corcoran Gallery of Art.
I’ll have more on this later. For now, here’s the cast of characters who helped make it happen.
All photos by Lee Rosenbaum