This week the Corcoran’s board announced that over 99% of the works from the gallery’s collection will stay in DC, with the vast majority going to the museum at American University.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
More Than a Year After the Dissolution of the Corcoran, Its Art School Still Struggles in a New Home
WASHINGTON, DC — Maeve McCool vividly remembers when she first learned that the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the conjoining Corcoran College of Art and Design would be no more.
Mapplethorpe’s Other Man
In Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, Philip Gefter’s new biography of collector, curator, and market force Sam Wagstaff, the author argues that it was not only his subject’s life that was transformed by his relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
Met Envy Apparently Fueled National Gallery of Art’s Interest in Corcoran
The chief of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art told a philanthropist that absorbing the failing Corcoran would make “his collection at the National Gallery … greater than the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Corcoran Group Mounts Legal Challenge to National Gallery Deal
Several concerned parties, including the Save the Corcoran advocacy group, have filed legal briefs seeking to block the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s planned integration with the National Gallery, Washington City Paper reported.
Corcoran Merger with George Washington University and National Gallery Finalized
The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s absorption into George Washington University (GWU) and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, first announced in February, has been finalized, the Washington Post reported.
End of the Corcoran? New Plan Would Dissolve the Gallery
After years of financial crisis, Washington, DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art — the city’s largest and oldest private museum, which focuses on American art — has announced a plan that would see it “cease to exist as an independent institution,” the Washington Post reports.
Rolls of Engagement: Photography Goes to War
“At the height of my career covering conflicts,” reflects American photojournalist David Leeson (b. 1957), “I truly believed, deeply and passionately, that there existed a series of photographs, or a single photograph, that could end war. I wanted to find that one photo.”
Corcoran Isn’t Selling Its Historic Building, But May Seek Institutional Partners
Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art will be remaining in its historic building after all, backing off from plans it had been developing to sell its aging Beaux-Arts structure, which it has resided in since 1897, and move out to the city’s suburbs.
Corcoran Students Install Giant “4 SALE” Signs to Protest Potential Sale
A series of photos posted on Tumblr a few hours ago show a creative protest against the Corcoran’s plan to sell its Beaux-Arts palazzo building across from the White House in exchange for a new center in the DC suburbs. In the guerrilla installation, signs attached to the building spell out “4 SALE.”
Watcher from the Skies: Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series
Beginning in 1968, in an act of governmental largesse unlikely to be repeated any time soon, the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior invited forty artists, all expenses paid, to create works documenting its water reclamation efforts in the West. Among those asked to participate was Richard Diebenkorn, who traveled in 1970 to the Columbia River valley and Salt River in Arizona for five days of expansive looking, taking in landscape views from a promontory and making several overhead passes in a helicopter. Long fascinated by aerial perspective, he found himself “boggled” by what he saw. “Whenever there was agriculture going on,” he later recalled, “you could see process — ghosts of former tilled fields, patches of land being eroded.”
Painter Chris Martin Goes Really Big in DC
I’m as big of a Chris Martin fan as vlogger and writer James Kalm (aka painter Loren Munk), so the video he just uploaded on YouTube of Martin’s new solo person museum show — his first — at the Corcoran Gallery of Artin Washington, DC, is a treat.