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Will Venice Sell Art to Stay Afloat?

On Jan. 1, I wasn’t paying too much attention to the news, but The Wall Street Journal posted an article that day that should not go unremarked. Headlined As Venice’s Debts Mount, Mayor Pitches Sale of Art, Other Moves to Keep Finances Afloat, it said that the city is some $65 million in the hole at […]

Can There Be Too Many Museums?

In a controversial move, Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser last week killed plans to open an Institute of Contemporary Expression at a disused, rodent-infested, leaky-roofed historic school in the city’s northwest quadrant. Predictably, she was pummeled by critics, some of whom say she would rather have a commercial venture in that space (which is protected […]

The Most Common Expansion Mistake Hits The Perez

Time and again, over the years, there is one common mistake made by many museums that expand — which often gets them into trouble and which is avoidable, mostly. Now it has hit the Pérez Art Museum Miami — and we are not surprised. According to the Miami Herald (among other places),  The Pérez Art Museum Miami […]

Judge Rules In Favor Of the DIA

Thank goodness: This afternoon, Judge Steven Rhodes that the Detroit creditors who pressed to remove art from the walls at the Detroit Institute of Arts to better inspect them during appraisals can’t do it. According to the Free Press, Rhodes also denied the creditors’ motion seeking access to up to a million additional pages of historic documents […]

At Last: NEH To Get A New Chief

Yesterday, President Obama announced his new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Dr. William “Bro” Adams, the current president of Colby College in Maine, a position he has held since 2000. Adams announced his impending retirement from Colby — in June — at the start of 2013. Previously, Adams had been president of Bucknell University, […]

More Troubles For DIA-Detroit

Another reason why the Detroit bankruptcy-Detroit Institute of Arts deal must become reality as soon as possible. On Friday, an opponent of the deal — a bond insurer named Syncora — said it was filing a subpoena “seeking all documents related to the museum’s art collection and records detailing its financial performance in a move […]

Juxtapositions: Portugal, Miro, Detroit, Russian Oligarchs

The Detroit bankruptcy and the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts is making waves in Europe, just as Kevyn Orr — the city’s emergency manager — made remarks that show, finally, he understands what might have happened. And still might, if he and Gov. Rick Snyder waver. Creditors have not yet given up hope […]

NEA: “Level Funding” for FY 2015

I don’t have the Budget Book, but the National Endowment for the Arts has just put out a statement saying that President Obama has requested $146.021 million for FY 2015 for it, “the same amount as the current year’s budget.” Presumably, the National Endowment for the Humanities will get the same proposed total, though I could […]

Obama Administration Lets Down The Arts — Again

Ordinarily, I would agree that President Obama has too many other important things on his desk right now to spend time finding someone to head the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. True, Rocco Landesman exited the NEA late last year, and Jim Leach left the NEH months ago, […]

The Berlin Decision, Part Two

For those of you who speak German and want more details about the decision to leave Berlin’s Old Master Paintings in the Gemaldegalerie (which I just posted), here are some links, courtesy of RCA reader Wolfgang Gülcker. Here are links to: the feasibility study the position paper of the Foundation for Prussian Culture everything related to this […]

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