Friday, December 11, 2009
RIP to the man who made the mummies dance: Thomas Hoving dead at 78
Charlie Finch, Art Net Magazine
"A diamond square peg in a dusty round hole, Tom Hoving did more to change the cultural landscape of New York and the contemporary art world than any single human being, even Andy Warhol. You can read the details in his memoirs, which he courageously penned recently for Artnet Magazine, but let us consider what Hoving hath wrought. The blockbuster museum exhibition was his creation. Before Tom arrived, the Metropolitan Museum had all the sex appeal of a monastery.
"The major auction purchase? I give you Velásquez’ Juan de Pareja (1650), a newly minted 20th-century rediscoveries of Tom. Race and class cultural controversy in an art context? Tom's show "Harlem on My Mind," pissing people off decades before Mapplethorpe and Serrano."
An appreciation by Richard Lacayo (Time Magazine)
Culture Girl: Culture Girl
Wall Street Journal: Met Director made art the main event
Wall Street Journal