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Jan Caspar Philips, Portret van keizer Nero, 1746.

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Personnel

The director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to take the place of Earl “Rusty” Powell III, who’s retiring after 26 years, is expected to be named next month. The high-profile position comes with challenges. Peggy McGlone reports, “Poor management across multiple departments has caused high turnover and low staff morale, resulting in missed deadlines and budgets that waste taxpayer dollars, according to staff.” [The Washington Post]

With Labor Day approaching in the United States, New York Times writers highlighted “those performers and others who work days, nights, and weekends to enrich your cultural experiences,” including Mike Seaman, the director of facilities and conservation specialist at the Storm King Art Center in Upstate New York. [The New York Times]

Patronage

The Henry Luce Foundation has given $270,000 to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman. The money will go toward creating a new Collections and Learning Gallery that is part of a remodeling project budgeted at $1 million. [The Daily Evergreen]

A “cannabis-keen Bitcoin millionaire is paying for discounted food at” the Whakamana Cannabis Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand. The donor reportedly “wanted to raise cannabis awareness.” [Stuff]

Provenance

A scholar of European art, Jeremy Wood, has proposed a different provenance for the $450.3 million Leonardo, Salvator Mundi (ca. 1500), suggesting that it was in the hands of an English nobleman at a point. Others believe it was held by King Charles I, who received it from Queen Henrietta when they married. [The Art Newspaper]

Policies

The Culture Pass program in New York, which allows library cardholders to reserve free admission to various museums, has been immensely popular, with demand outrunning supply for some institutions. In response, the Guggenheim Museum has upped its monthly offering of free tickets from 100 to 200, and the Museum of Modern Art has increased its supply from 400 to 1,000. [The Art Newspaper]

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has replaced its admission stickers, which “had been piling up like bad polka dots on structures in the area,” with recyclable plastic tags. [Houston Chronicle]

Potpourri

Speaking of admission stickers, tennis great Roger Federer posed with a bunch of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a visit this week with a longtime friend, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. [Baseline]

Here’s Jennifer Steinkamp discussing her current video work at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. [Artforum]

And here’s Greg Allen on the work of Michael Jenkins. [Greg.org]

As Contemporary Art Daily continues its “August Review” feature, highlighting “key exhibitions” from the past season, it features the great recent outing by Tony Cokes at Greene Naftali in New York. [CAD]

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