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  • As I noted yesterday on Twitter, multiple sources have told me that Indianapolis Museum of Art design curator R. Craig Miller is retiring. That makes two senior curators at the museum to leave in about a week, and sources say that another senior curator will announce a third high-profile departure soon. (The museum had no comment.) I can’t recall ever seeing three de facto department heads inform a museum of their plans to leave within about a week, but nothing about the IMA situation is particularly normal.
  • Last week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast featured Eric Fischl, whose memoir “Bad Boy” was published earlier this month. It’s a super read, especially for art students. Like others, in the Wall Street Journal, Edward Kosner focuses on the sensational bits rather than the consideration of art that dominates the book. Celia McGee talked with Fischl for the NYT.
  • Speaking of Fischl, I love this crib from Andre Derain‘s masterpiece.
  • California was plenty familiar with Ruth Asawa’s work thanks especially to a 2006 retrospective at the de Young. Alexandra Lange suggests that the art market may prompt the East to to catch up. [Image: Asawa, Untitled, 1963. Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.]
  • Ah, the things LACMA discovers when it puts its collection online and makes images available without copyright restrictions.
  • Art in General’s Tumblr tipped me off to Letha Wilson’s exhibition there, on view through June 29.
  • Do not miss Brian Sholis’ interview with Iraq War phtoographer Michael Kamber on Aperture’s website. The University of Texas Press is offering Kamber’s new book for $44, 33 percent off.
  • American Photo’s Dan Abbe reports that Wolfgang Tillmans is making many of his catalogues available as free downloads.
  • Greg Allen finds Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek’s folly — the Bubble — “comes across as squishy and alarmingly unconcerned with actual art and artists.” Agreed.
  • On the Art Institute of Chicago’s blog, Francesca Casadio teases out another way in which Pablo Picasso was a pioneer. Think paints.
  • In the New York Review of Books, Richard Dorment raises many important questions about practices at the Warhol Foundation.
  • MoMA educator Jackie Delamatre teaches Dan Flavin to an (initially) skeptical bunch of schoolkids.
  • One of the fun things about the Garry Winogrand retrospective now at SFMOMA is the way we’ve discovered more about the subjects of Winogrand’s work. On SFMOMA’s Open Space blog, Erin O’Toole talks with boxer Nick Biondi about Winogrand.
  • May 18 was International Museums Day, so the ICP’s Francesca Teodori put together a super gallery of museum-related images for the Fans in a Flashbulb blog. So great.
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