Tuesday’s Art Notes
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.
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.
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.