Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  January 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM EST

The Louvre; photo by Lorenzo Natali via Flickr

On Monday, the Louvre announced its attendance rate held steady in 2009 at 8.5 million visitors, repeating its record-breaking year in 2008. Photo by Lorenzo Natali via Flickr.

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The big story today is the appointment of Jeffrey Deitch to be the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Deitch is a top art dealer who has sold works to MOCA in the past. On Modern Art Notes you can read an interview with Deitch.

The decision to install a gallery owner into a non-profit leadership role is seen as somewhat unusual; the Los Angeles Times has this analysis of the choice, while the New York Times takes a bigger picture approach on what significance it holds for museums nationally. And The Art Newspaper wonders whether American museums will be able to reinvent themselves during the current hard times.

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Google apologized to the Chinese Writers Association after the group complained that the media company had scanned works by authors without permission or appropriate compensation.