Met announces first-ever endowed curatorial position for Japanese decorative arts

L to R: Diane Abbey, Arthur Abbey and Monika Bincsik at the exhibition Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection

NEW YORK – Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Diane and Arthur Abbey, well-known New York collectors of Japanese bamboo art, have provided a generous gift to endow a curatorship in the Museum’s Department of Asian Art. In recognition of their gift, the position has been named the Diane and Arthur Abbey Curatorship for Japanese Decorative Arts. Assistant Curator Monika Bincsik, who joined the department five years ago, is the first incumbent, effective February 13, 2018. The curatorship is the first endowed position for Japanese decorative arts in the Museum’s history.

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LA’s Broad museum announces major new acquisitions

Image credits: Mark Bradford, Helter Skelter I, 2007. Mixed-media collage on canvas. 144 x 407 7/8 in. © Mark Bradford; Mark Bradford, I heard you got arrested today, 2018. Mixed media on canvas. 120 x 120 in. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joshua White. The Broad Art Foundation. © Mark Bradford; Yayoi Kusama, Longing for Eternity, 2017. Installation view, Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life, David Zwirner, New York, 2017. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; YAYOI KUSAMA Inc.; Sherrie Levine, After Russell Lee: 1–60, 2016. Giclée print, 60 parts. Each print: 20 x 16 in. The Broad Art Foundation. © Sherrie Levine; Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2017. Acrylic on PVC panel. 27 ¾ x 23 ½ in. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. © Kerry James Marshall.

LOS ANGELES — The Broad today announced major new acquisitions for its collection, including Helter Skelter I, 2007, a massive, mural-scale painting by the Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, and Bradford’s recent work, I heard you got arrested today, 2018. The museum also acquired Longing for Eternity, 2017, by Yayoi Kusama, adding a second of the artist’s iconic Infinity Mirror Room installations to its collection.

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