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Monster Mash: Miami Art Museum gets gift; Getty buys a Manet

December 2, 2011 |  7:17 am

The Getty Museum has acquired a rare early portrait by Edouard Manet

Windfall: Developer Jorge Perez has agreed to donate $35 million in cash and art from his collection to the Miami Art Museum in a deal that would rename the museum after him. Not everyone is happy about the name change. (Miami Herald)

Acquisition: The Getty Museum has acquired a rare early portrait by Edouard Manet. (Los Angeles Times)

Heading south: Gary Tinterow, an executive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been chosen to be the new director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. (Associated Press via Wall Street Journal)

Sign of the times: The theater critic for the Denver Post is leaving after accepting a buyout offer. (Denver Post)

Impasse: Negotiations have broken down between New York City Opera and its two main unions. (New York Times)

Giving: The family foundation of Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg has donated $3 million to New York's Signature Theater Company. (Theatermania)

Supporting role: Justin Kirk will succeed Thomas Sadosky in Broadway's "Other Desert Cities." (Playbill)

Highly prized: Jewelry and artwork from the estate of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor will head to auction next year. (Associated Press via Washington Post)

Popular: A study shows that free museum admission in Britain has doubled attendance in the last 10  years. (BBC News)

Initiative: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that it will lead a new task force of federal departments to examine and encourage research on the effect of the arts at all stages of life. (Washington Post)

Imagine: Yoko Ono greeted Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to officially open the Museum of Liverpool. (Mirror)

Musically inclined: Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty") will join the cast of the Broadway revival of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." (Playbill)

Facing the music: A wine steward suspected in a series of art thefts is expected to be in a New York court Friday to face charges, after serving time in California for stealing a Picasso pencil sketch. (Associated Press)

Scandal: Three members of the International Olympic Committee's finance department have been fired in connection with their involvement in an alleged fraud by the former manager of the Olympic Museum shop in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Associated Press via ESPN)

Weepy: Kelli O'Hara will appear in a workshop production of "The Bridges of Madison County," a new stage musical based on the popular novel. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Officials are trying to determine what to do with the Occupy L.A. mural at City Hall, and Charles McNulty reviews the Broadway-bound "Jesus Christ Superstar" at La Jolla Playhouse.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Center in Brentwood. Credit: Los Angeles Times