Some girls have crushes on rock stars or actors; I crush on art critics and museum directors. Yes, I know, I’m a huge geek…but since it is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would profess my undying love to my top 5 crushes in the art world. (In no particular order.)
Michael Kimmelman– Rocked my world in 2007! Last year I read his book The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa and it changed the way I think about art, my job and my life. I’m also pretty sure he may have one of the coolest gigs in the world, as the chief art critic for the New York Times.
Tyler Green – First of all, he’s all MAN. I’m in awe of Tyler’s authoritative and often humorous blog postings for Artjournal’s Modern Art Notes (MAN). He keeps me in the know and constantly brightens my days with his prolific musings on the art world. I’m also completely in love with him because he just added the IMA to his blog roll.
Philippe de Montebello – Philippe is my original art crush. He’s been director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since before I was born and I’ve always had a little thing for him. Not “little thing” actually…I’m talking Beatle’s Mania sort of “thing.” Honest to goodness, I might swoon if I ever meet him.
Kathy Halbreich – Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I LOVE this woman. Actually, I don’t just LOVE Kathy Halbreich, I want to BE Kathy Halbreich. As former Director of the Walker Art Center, she was at the helm of one of the coolest arts organizations in the country. This woman is a visionary, a risk taker, and an enormous inspiration for me professionally.
Will Gompertz – This guy is as hip as they come. As Director of Tate Media at the Tate Museum in England, he has my ideal job. In addition to overseeing Tate’s Communications team and Tate’s magazine (TATE, ETC.), he also is the Director of Tate Online, a leader, if not the leader in Digital Media for museums. Check out those glasses. How could you not fall in love with this man?!
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