artnet is pleased to announce that Thomas Hoving, best-selling author and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has joined artnet as a contributor to artnet Magazine.
NEW YORKÂ (RUSHPRNEWS) July 2, 2008 — artnet is pleased to announce that Thomas Hoving, best-selling author and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has joined artnet as a contributor to artnet Magazine.
A renowned museum executive, Hoving was first a curator (1959-65) and then director (1967-77) of the Met, where he presided over a dramatic expansion of both the museum and its audience. He specialized in high-profile acquisitions of masterworks — an abiding interest, and the subject of his first artnet Magazine column — as well as opening the museum to a broader and more youthful public via blockbuster exhibitions like â€œKing Tut.â€ Under his leadership, the museum embarked on its great expansion plan, which added 125 galleries to the museum and doubled its space.
The extensive acquisitions that took place during his tenure include the Lehman Collection, the Packard Collection and the Temple of Dendur.
After a decade as director, Hoving left the museum and became the on-air correspondent and entertainment editor for the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. He then went on to form Hoving Associates, a museum consulting firm, and later became the Editor-in-Chief of Connoisseur magazine.
Hoving is a best-selling author whose numerous titles include Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1993), Art for Dummies (1999), American Gothic: The Biography of Grant Wood’s American Masterpiece (2005), and The Medici Conspiracy (2007).
His recent appointment to artnetâ€™s editorial staff marks a return to the company, where he previously held the position of Editorial Director.
â€œWe are thrilled to welcome Tom back to artnet,â€ said Bill Fine, President of artnet. â€œHe brings to the magazine a wealth of experience and an irreverent point of view that our readers will surely appreciate.â€
Visit artnet.com (http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/frontpage.asp) to view this weekâ€™s article, â€œBuried Treasuresâ€ by Tom Hoving.
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