“When I was younger I went to all kinds of rock concerts,” said Jeffrey Deitch, his silk midnight blue lapels illuminated by candlelight. He was at the Americans for the Arts annual Arts Awards dinner at the lavish Cipriani in Midtown, where artists and patrons annually collect Jeff Koons-designed bunny statues for their services. It’s a little like the art world’s answer to the Oscars, and in a nice change of pace, blues legend B.B. King was set to receive the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award. “I remember seeing him at an outdoor concert in the middle of an open field in Massachusetts,” Mr. Deitch continued. “It was a whole field of hippies. He was phenomenal. Everyone loved it.”
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The silver fox with the golden eye is showing off.
Powerhouse art dealer Larry Gagosian will, for the first time, put his personal contemporary art collection on public view. The cultural and tourism divisions of Abu Dhabi are expected to announce shortly that the gallerist’s own works, which include some 72 Andy Read More
The Museum of Modern Art has turned down the volume on Yoko Ono’s atrium art installation Voice Piece for Soprano in response to complaints from visitors and employees.
The installation features a microphone, speakers, and the instructions to visitors: ”Scream against the wind/ against the wall/ against the sky” on the far wall. But according to museum Read More
The Museum of Modern Art has picked Kathryn Bigelow to honor at its annual fund-raising Film Gala. (It’s MoMA’s recently-hatched version of the Met’s tony cash-cow, the Costume Institute Ball.) Apart from her shiny Oscars, of course, Best-Director Bigelow’s an unlikely candidate: The two previous winners, Baz Luhrmann and Tim Burton, were known for extremely Read More
The Museum of Modern Art has turned to pay freezes to cope with its plummeting endowment–investments have fallen 17.6 percent in the last year.
“Administrators, librarians, curators and editors at MoMA who belong to its largest union, UAW Local 2110, earn about $25,000 to $75,000 a year,” reports Bloomberg. Under this year’s Read More
MoMA Director Glenn Lowry is the second most influential person in the art world, according to the “Power 100″ in ArtReview‘s November issue–he’s topped only by Hans Ulrich Obrist of London’s Serpentine Gallery.
Artist Damien Hirst was ranked first last year, but has since fallen to number 48, a precipitous decline that Read More
Curators at the Museum of Modern Art had spent years searching for a set of vitrines by influential postwar German artist Joseph Beuys, and now they finally have them. The Museum of Modern Art’s committee on painting and sculpture approved a seminal set of vitrines by Beuys and two works by the 30-year-old Scottish painter Read More
Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the highest paid director of a nonprofit in the country, according to a survey of nonprofit executives conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Last year, the popular and eccentric museum-director made $4,557,342, putting him ahead of the directors of major hospitals and universities across Read More
As an Iranian-American artist who was effectively exiled from her homeland, Shirin Neshat was happy to be included in an exhibition of artists from the Islamic world. But when the opportunity came—Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking opened at the Museum of Modern Art on Feb. 26—Ms. Neshat was upset.
Without Boundary is the Read More
MoMA Enemy No. 1: STELLA!
As far as gratuitous millennium museum shows go, the Museum of Modern Art’s self-involved MoMA2000 got its fair share of panning in the press when it opened in the fall of 1999. The show was a way to air out the collection for the public–and, some say, to cure curator Read More