During his 20-year tenure as the director of the S0lomon R. Guggenheim foundation and its global network of museums here and abroad, Thomas Krens courted controversy by selling off older pieces in the collection to buy new ones. It appears that he does not approach offloading real estate with the same equanimity.
After briefly listing his 4,450-square-foot Tribeca triplex for $5.5 million in 2005—generating rumors that he was not much longer for the Guggenheim’s top spot—Mr. Krens took the condo off the market, and there it stayed for the next seven years.
New York State of Direction
Aside from their adherence to sidewalk etiquette and an affinity for one-handing pizza, when they put their feet to the street New Yorkers may not differ as much from their touristy brethren as they thought they did.
A New York Post survey of 100 New Yorkers showed that an overwhelming number don’t know where basic Big Apple landmarks are, making them little better than the confused Times Square tourists trying to navigate the city.
Apparently, only 32 percent of New York residents know where the Guggenheim is and only 21 percent can name the location of The Algonquin, the New York Post reports.
fall arts preview
Occasionally exhibitions of contemporary art are eerily timely. Curatorial programs click into step with the zeitgeist, and notions that have been floating around in the air coalesce in concrete form, in a museum near you. Such will be the case in New York this fall, as the Guggenheim and the New Museum unveil retrospectives of two midcareer European artists who have never before had surveys in the U.S. The two are old friends and collaborators, and their concurrent shows are almost certain to provoke heated debates about the health and importance of contemporary art.
Meet Italian prankster Maurizio Cattelan and Belgian mad scientist Carsten Höller.
There is a room in the Guggenheim museum with a pervasive, musty smell that would be familiar to anyone in this country: The room is filled with tens of thousands of used dollar bills, some stained or wrinkled, others crossed with stray red or blue or black marks.
Last fall it was reported that the great Tom Krens was off the Guggenheim’s Abu Dhabi project, which seemed like big news because Mr. Krens was the creative mind and promoter of the project, but what’s even more strange is that we haven’t heard boo from the art world’s consummate museum showman since.
As it nears its spring 2012 opening date, the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, is filling out the remainder of its leadership, announcing that Min Jung Kim, who has been at the Guggenheim for 12 years, will be its new deputy director.
“It is rare to be able to help shape a museum from its beginning,” said Ms. Kim in a statement, “and I look forward to the opportunity.”
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, August 3
The Ultimate Art Machine
Is the Guggenheim the Shake Shack of museums? Locations, locations, locations! Not content with outposts in the Basque Country and the United Arab Emirates (as well as the now-shuttered Las Vegas outpost, which seems in retrospect a bit of an overreach…to Read More
At the Guggenheim’s rotunda on Thursday evening, five dancers, accompanied by John Cage’s solo cello piece One8, performed On Vanishing, a new work by the young New York-based choreographer Jonah Bokaer that the museum had commissioned in conjunction with its current exhibition, Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity.
Audience members, including Mr. Bokaer’s mother, leaned against the museum’s low, spiraling Read More
Uptown, there’s a cozy little theater whose plush carpeting gives it the feel of a 1970s swinger’s palace. The lusty cries heard coming from its basement doors last weekend only added to the thrill. Inside, the Dutch troupe Dood Paard (Dead Horse) spent two mostly naked hours bouncing on a pile of vintage mattresses, howling Read More
Artists generally like to have their works displayed in major museums. So when 130 artists, curators and academics signed a letter last month asking that their works not be shown by the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi until conditions improved for workers building the facility, it drew widespread attention to the cause.
But the protesters may be Read More