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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 […]

The Sunday Dialogue: What Didn’t Get Published — UPDATED

As I suspected, Frank Robinson’s “Invitation to A Dialogue,” the results of which are published in the Review section of today’s New York Times, elicited responses about the situation of the Detroit Institute of Arts in the midst the city’s bankruptcy, no matter what he later said his intentions were. And predictably, they only reinforced […]

In Defense Of Art: Please Respond

This is your chance, and it may be your best chance, to make the case for art museums. Right now, online, The New York Times has invited a dialogue with readers that will run in Sunday’s Review section. You must respond by tomorrow (Thursday) to be considered for publication. Frank Robinson, former director of Cornell’s art […]

“Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week”

I must be in a good mood, or something — after praising Graham Beal last night, I’m going to now praise the American Alliance of  Museums. They are advocating “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week” for Aug. 10 through 17, and I think that is a great idea. AAM hasn’t just come with the idea […]

Peter Schjeldahl Is Mistaken, I Believe

Like many in the art world — take a look on Facebook — I was surprised that Peter Schjeldahl wrote on the New Yorker website that he favored the sale of the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection to pay the city’s creditors. I saw the headline, wondered what this esteemed art critic had to say, and […]

Smithsonian’s Clough: Is This A Strategy I See Before Me?

The Smithsonian Institution was in the papers again in recent days and it wasn’t great news. But it might have been good strategy. A week ago, on July 17, the Washington Post published an article headlined Smithsonian Institution grapples with maintenance of its growing inventory, which didn’t get much notice except perhaps within the Beltway. The story recapped the […]

Arts Funding Slashed In The House

Today the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, and it’s worse for arts groups that you might have imagined: I quote: Museums and Cultural Institutions – Smithsonian Institution – The Smithsonian Institution is funded at $660 million in the bill – a cut of $155 million (19%) below the […]

Happy Fourth of July! You’re Invited

Do you recognize the painting at right? If so, congratulations — you are among the chosen invited to a gathering tomorrow by one of the American embassies around the world to celebrate Independence Day. Many invited their international counterparts and colleagues to share in “themed festivities” and they all use the same image for their invitations. […]

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