Wed news: the art edition
We're just not able to get upset by another story of fat salaries and benefits for museum heads. The latest kerfluffle in the LA Times is about the housing expenditures for the new Getty Museum director, whose rental is $15,000 per month, which is $180,000/year. The Getty purchased a house for him that (oops) was mold-ridden so they're putting him up elsewhere. But if we want to have world-class museums we have to pay world-class salaries & bennies, just like they do in sports, right? The director of MOMA in NY made $617,000 in 2004 and had more than $100,000 in expenses. That same year, NY's Met spent almost $250,000 in expenses for its director, footnoting that most of that was for housing. So we're in the ballpark. What's the big deal?
art.blogging.la has the line on artist appearances this week. Tonight the Clayton Brothers will be speaking at Art Center's Williamson Gallery, $20 at the door. And tomorrow LA artist Tofer will be signing his new book of photos at the MOCA/Geffen.
Today is the last day of early registration for Coagula's Art World Boot Camp which will take place over 4 weekends in the spring. The art journal is likely a bit sarcastic as it writes, "accelerate your comprehension of art, the art business and how the two will ultimately benefit you," but we think it's serious in promising to teach you the Ten Things Art Colleges Don't Want You to Know.
image is detail of Floret by the Clayton Brothers