This past week MoMA purchased the aerial rights that will allow it to build the proposed Jean Nouvel-designed tower, for $14.5 million. That might sounds like a lot (as Christie’s reports 24% decline in sales from last year), until you consider the $150 million it cost the museum to purchase the lot.
$14.5 million looks like chump change again, compared with Picasso’s The Actor (1904–1905), valued at $130 million and torn when an adult education student at the Metropolitan fell into it this past week. The rare Rose Period painting was damaged in an area of the painting declard by experts to be non-essential, but the challenges of restoration remain. On the occasion of the Picasso incident, Art Beast presents a slideshow of other notable (and expensive) works that have been damaged. The Times looks at the technologies that enable restoration and their efficacy, with a focus on the Metropolitan.
One thing that’s not borked at the Metropolitan is an exhibition of drawings by Mannerist master Bronzino. While Peter Schjeldahl focuses on the timeliness of Bronzino’s style, comparing its post-Renaissance condition to our own dusky perspectives on modernist, Holland Cotter equally transgressively focuses on the much-maligned painter’s use of line—over color.
PHOTO COURTESY HINES