After months of protests and calls for his resignation, Whitney Museum of American Art Board Vice-Chair Warren Kanders has resigned from his post. Kanders, who, according to the New York Times, has donated more than $10 million to the museum, has been a board member since 2006. In a resignation letter published today, he writes that, “I joined this board to help the museum prosper. I do not wish to play a role, however inadvertent, in its demise.”
Monsters exert a timeless fascination, and have often been used as a metaphor for the strange, different, extraordinary and appalling. Demons and angels, dragons, mermaids and unicorns filled medieval bestiaries and continue to manifest in popular culture, while the definition of “monstrous” continues to be examined. Now the first-ever exhibition of its kind, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders, organized by The Morgan Library & Museum, and currently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), is examining the place of these beasts in medieval art history.
Filmmaker and art connoisseur John Waters has just two words for would-be art collectors: Monkey Art.
If you aim to invest in today’s overheated art market, he says in a new book, primate paintings are the way to go.
“Only one collectible art movement from the past hasn’t been reinvented, hoarded, or parodied,” he writes. “Want to speculate in the art market? I’m telling you what to buy–monkey art. Yes, paintings by chimpanzees.”