Is the Guillermo Del Toro Art Show Pandering? Ancient Dolphin Species Found… & More

Art world news for August 17.

Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The new German director of the Uffizi Gallery and related Florentine institutions has a hard path ahead as the first non-Italian to run the country’s most profitable museum. Navigating Italian laws, bureaucracy and more has made the job “a bit like running the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at the same time,” the New York Times reports.

20th century painter Sylvia Ludins left a trove of almost 500 paintings, sculptures and other works in a Berkeley, Calif. garage. Now a theology student who discovered the collection is making a film about it and the little-known but once widely exhibited social realist artist. (East Bay Express)

The latest slavish attempt to boost museum attendance is the show at LACMA of director Guillermo Del Toro’s personal collection of ephemera. (Wall Street Journal)

Two years into the dismantling of Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery, much of the art remains homeless, and it’s unclear who is accountable. (Washington Post)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has a 25 million-year-old dolphin bone in its collection, for which researchers have just discovered is a new species. (Art Daily)

Santa Fe, N.M. hosts week-long Native American art fair–the largest juried show of indigenous art work in the world. The series of markets and art shows attracts tens of thousands and makes millions for the city. (Associated Press via Denver Post) Is the Guillermo Del Toro Art Show Pandering? Ancient Dolphin Species Found… & More