Archive for April, 2012

How Skowhegan encouraged MoMA curator to give up painting

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

MoMA curator Kathy Halbreich spent the summer of 1965 at Skowhegan, Gallerist NY reports from a New York dinner for the Maine artist residency, “and described herself as ‘the first and last 16 year old to attend.’ She also mentioned that it was ‘the first time I got stinking drunk, which prepared me for a life in the arts’ … Alex Katz, who was teaching at the school the summer Ms. Halbreich attended, had something to do with her ditching her career as an artist to become a curator and historian. His critique of one of her paintings was ‘take it away.’” Also, Kara Walker “didn’t want to talk about the time in the early 90′s when Skowhegan rejected her application.”

Paintings recovered 31 years after Mass theft to be auctioned

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Two paintings by Childe Hassam and Gustave Courbet that resurfaced in 2007 after being stolen during a violent home invasion in Shcrewsbury, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1976, are scheduled to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York City on May 4.

NEA makes big cuts to PBS grants

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

National Endowment for the Arts makes big cuts in grants to PBS.

Boston school picked for national arts program

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Boston’s Orchard Gardens K-8 pilot school is one of eight schools nationwide selected to participate in the federal Turnaround Arts program, a public-private partnership aiming to “test the hypothesis that high-quality and integrated arts education boosts academic achievement, motivates student learning, and improves school culture in the context of overall school reform,” the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities announced.

Thomas Kinkade has died

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Thomas “Painter of Light” Kinkade died April 6 at age 54.

Caring for Hilton Kramer

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Art critic Hilton Kramer, who died March 27, spent his last months in the Vicarage by the Sea in Harpswell, Maine, a residential home with a nontraditional approach to caring for those with advanced dementia. “Before Kramer moved into the Vicarage last June from their home in Damariscotta, his widow said, his disease had advanced to the point where he rarely spoke. The man who founded the intellectual magazine New Criterion, and who had served as the chief art critic of The New York Times, had lost all interest in his field,” Matt Hongoltz-Hetling reports in a striking piece in The Forecaster. (H/t to Edgar Beem.) Previous care kept Kramer heavily medicated, isolated, limited his mobility, and had him putting on 30 pounds. At the Vicarage, Hongoltz-Hetling writes, they reduced Kramer’s medication and embrace patients’ behaviors. “‘If someone wants to go for a walk, we let them go for a walk,’ [founder Johanna] Wigg said. ‘We go with them.’ And if someone develops a desire to kiss the hands of all those he encounters, as Kramer did, the Vicarage doesn’t try to quash that desire with medication. … ‘His affect all came back,’ Wigg said.”

Attempted break in at Rose Museum?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Brandeis police notes: “March 27—A party reported that he saw two people attempting to gain access to the roof of the Rose Art Museum and the Faculty Club. University Police found the people and determined that there was no malicious intent. No further action was taken,” according to The Justice.