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The sale of this 3,000-year-old bust of King Tutankhamun raises the question: Was Howard Carter the luckiest archaeologist in history, or was he a grave robber? (Or both?) Jan 21, 2010 - "Howard Carter 'Stole from Tomb of Tutankhamun" by David Crossland on thenational.ae
I'm curious to hear peoples' takes on the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its closure. Above all else, I think that last year's dissolution of the Corcoran is the single-biggest loss to hit Washington, DC since ... when? The College of Art and Design, the $200 million Beaux Arts Building, and $50 million in cash went to George Washington University - does anyone have a well-written backstory as to *why* this already-rich college got such an enormous windfall? The 17,000 artworks, valued at $2 billion, were given to the National Gallery of Art. While I think that's wonderful, it also justifies a new building - are there any plans to either buy or construct one? The Corcoran collection could be a huge draw for whatever location they decide to put it in - from Feb 7, 2015 through May 3, 2015, three galleries in the NGA West Building were jam-packed with Corcoran treasures, and while this was certainly a treat for NGA visitors, something must be done in the long term in order to give these works of art their proper due. How much would something like this mean, for example, to Prince George's County? It would certainly lure me and my wallet out that way.
It was announced yesterday that the Renwick Gallery will reopen after an extensive $30 million renovation on November 13, 2015. This is a lovely little art museum, part of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, housing the craft and decorative arts collection. I didn't realize that the Renwick was the first American building specifically designed and built to showcase art - originally to display the art collection of William Corcoran. Despite its proximity to the White House, the Renwick is rarely crowded. The reopening exhibition will be Wonder, featuring nine contemporary artists who are creating site specific installations.