The appointment of Michael Brand as the new director for the Art Gallery of NSW demonstrates that gallery directors have become international art stars in their own right.
With the retirement of Edmund Capon from the Art Gallery of NSW and Gerard Vaughan from the National Gallery of Victoria within weeks of each other, two of the biggest jobs in the Australian art world are open.
Edmund Capon AM, OBE, who has steered the Art Gallery of NSW to national and international pre-eminence, is at the point of departure, writes Alex Mitchell.
The increasingly irrelevant NSW Government and the humble Frank Sartor, Minister for the Yartz, has a poor record in choosing appropriate personnel. And it's not improving, writes Crikey's arts insider, Wilhelm Furtwängler.