In a sad new development in the Steve Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble) case, Dr. Robert Ferrell has pled guilty because his health will not allow him to continue fighting the case. Paula Reed Ward’s article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Lucia Sommer, coordinator of the defense fund for Dr. Ferrell and Mr. Kurtz, as saying that, “After 3-1/2 years of having his life held hostage by the Department of Justice, he was left with pleading or dying.”
This piece from New York magazine delves into Lisa Dennison’s move from the Guggenheim Museum to Sotheby’s, lifting the veil on art and money trade-offs ever so gingerly.
The times they are a changing for two of the Bay Area’s most important art programs, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM), following the departure of long-time leaders. Both museums have landed veteran administrators to take them through the next few months: Kate Eilertsen, formerly director of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art Museum and Associate Dean at SFAI, will be heading up visual arts at YBCA, and Jacquelynn Baas will be returning to BAM as interim director following the retirement of Kevin Consey.