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 2105 for it, “the same amount as the current year’s budget.”
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While I was gone, the Corcoran Gallery of Art issued its own obituary and — once again — managed to screw it up. It was only last April that the Corcoran formed an alliance with the University of Maryland to explore a partnership to preserve the school and gallery as one entity, but in the new release — made public last Wednesday — it doesn’t even mention that attempted “solution.”
I was cleaning out photos on my cell phone last weekend when I realized I had never posted here about the fabulous exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum* called The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Some of Gaultier’s designs are a bit over the top of me, so I wasn’t quite sure I’d like the exhibition. I did, and not just for the clothes, though may of them are gorgeous. I liked the exhibition because it used technology to the viewer’s advantage: it wasn’t just an add-on; it actually conveyed meaning and provided context.
St. Louis Art Museum director Brent Benjamin (below right) receives $670,000 in pay, “slightly more in annual compensation than the heads of similar art museums.” The museum has an endowment of $140 million and an operating budget of about $30 million. In 2012, it spent $1.4 million on exhibitions that yielded only $320,000.00 at the gate. The museum’s restaurant is losing money — $260,000 last year.
Last year, especially last summer, art journalists flocked to write about the latest scandal of conditions at Pompeii, which has been under threat for years and is visited every year by more than 2 million visitors — more than the Uffizi. In August, UNESCO threatened to put the site on its World Heritage in Danger list, which would be highly embarrassing for Italy. Here’s The Art Newspaper’s report on the situation last August. And here’s an article in The Guardian from last August, reporting that the Italians had called on German assistance, specifically nanotechnology to “focus on one particular apartment building, or insula, at Pompeii and [they] will look to develop long-term solutions and preventative restoration.”
The artist in question is about to get an exhibition at the National Gallery (yes, I’m still inspired by goings-on in London) — and he is Veronese. Apparently, when the NG bought Veronese’s The Family of Darius before Alexander (below right) in 1857, it was accused of squandering money on “a second-rate specimen of a second-rate artist.”
Is reclaiming a piece of art stolen by the Nazis about to get easier? It might be in Germany, if a law just introduced there is passed by the Bundesrat and then the Bundestag — it would amend the statute of limitations, barring its use when the property in question was not obtained by the current owner in good faith.
Late last month, The Wall Street Journal published my review of Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, which opened at the Art Institute of Chicago in early November and runs through Jan. 27. Then it moves to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. (I wish there were one more venue.)
Let’s catch up on a little news from the Smithsonian, announced in mid-November, but which got very little attention. That’s when it revealed the “Smithsonian X 3D Collection” and “state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.” Essentially, this device makes use of new 3D scanning and printing technology, with an eye toward making much more of its gigantic collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public at large.