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The Clark Art Institute.

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MUSEUMS

Dallas Museum of Art curator Olivier Meslay will be the Clark Art Institute’s new director. He replaces Michael Conforti, who led the museum for more than two decades. [The New York Times]

The Smithsonian confirmed rumors yesterday that, with the Victoria & Albert Museum, it will open a new permanent space in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The new building will be called V&A East. [Artforum]

Charlotte Feng Ford has given $2.5 million to the Smith College Museum of Art. The gift will endow a curatorship of contemporary art. [The Boston Globe]

Norwegian shipping heir Petter Olsen will open a private museum in Ramme, Norway, next year. Olsen is best known for selling Edvard Munch’s The Scream. [The Art Newspaper]

REVIEWS

Peter Schjeldahl on the Whitney Museum’s Stuart Davis show: “If the works had a smell, it would be like that of a factory-fresh car—an echt American aura, from the country’s post-Second World War epoch of dazzling manufacture and soaring optimism.” [The New Yorker]

Jason Farago panned this year’s DIS-curated Berlin Biennale, writing, “These artists seem to want to have their fun and still get credit for topicality, but let’s get real: I have seen spambots with greater sensitivity.” [The Guardian]

And though she felt less dispassionate toward the art in the biennial, Karen Archey didn’t care for it much either. “ ‘The Present in Drag’ errs by so uniformly investing in the corporate gaze that any radical vision of emancipation it projects comes off as puritanical,” she wrote. [Frieze]

PHOTOGRAPHY

Clément Chéroux was named a senior curator of photography at SFMOMA. [Artforum]

Photographer Ryan McGinley shares his five favorite art books. [GQ Magazine]

EXTRAS

Tomma Abts at Greengrassi in London. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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