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Monster Mash: Seattle Art Museum loses director; new report from President's Committee on the Arts

May 11, 2011 |  7:50 am

Seattleartmuseum Resigning: Derrick Cartwright has announced he is stepping down as director of the Seattle Art Museum after just two years. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Executive recommendation: The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities has issued a report aiming to encourage a buildup of arts education in the U.S. (Los Angeles Times)

Real-estate acquisition: The Museum of Modern Art in New York is buying the space occupied by the financially troubled American Folk Art Museum. (Wall Street Journal)

Sold: Art from the collection of dealer Allan Stone proved to be a top draw at a New York auction. (Reuters)

Honored: American artist Rachel Harrison has received the 2011 Calder Prize. (New York Times)

Middling: Works by Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol drew disappointing bids at a recent Sotheby's auction in New York, where Eli Broad was in attendance. (Bloomberg)

Elected: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has chosen Daniel Brodsky, a real estate developer, as the new chairman of the board. (New York Times)

Lawsuit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is suing a British collector to recover a $2.5-million painting. (New York Post)

Handy guide: "Museum Companion to Los Angeles" offers art lovers an overview of the county's many venues. (Los Angeles Times)

Flop: The Broadway production of "Wonderland" -- a re-imagining of "Alice in Wonderland" -- will close on May 15 after just 33 regular performances. (Playbill)

Rumor has it: Has Alec Baldwin dropped out of the film version of "Rock of Ages"? (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards ceremony on June 12 in New York.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of the Seattle Art Museum. Credit: Kevin P. Casey / For The Times