New Getty Curator; New Dance Theater Workshop Director; New Records at Sotheby's

Nearly two years after the resignation of its embattled antiquities curator, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has named a successor: Karol Wight, a twenty-two-year veteran of the Getty. Wight, a specialist in ancient glass, has risen from intern to associate curator to acting curator, writes the New York Times' Ben Sisario. Wight assumed the post in October 2005, when Marion True resigned over what the museum said were improprieties involving a real estate deal. (True has also been on trial in Italy since November 2005, on charges of trafficking in illegally excavated objects.) In a statement issued Wednesday, the museum said that Wight had a major role in last year’s reopening of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California. And as the Greek and Italian governments have laid claim to dozens of items in the antiquities collection, the Getty said, Wight has dealt with the issue “with steadfastness and calm authority—and a very clear vision for the future.” She will oversee a staff of eight, the permanent antiquities collection, and related exhibitions and programming at the villa, the museum said.

Also in the Times, Claudia La Rocco writes that Dance Theater Workshop, flourishing artistically but struggling financially, has named Stephen Greco as its executive director. Greco has worked as a marketing and branding consultant for corporations and arts institutions and is a journalist. He is editor at large of Trace, an arts and culture magazine, and has written for the New Yorker, The Advocate, and Dance magazine, among others. He is on the boards of The Kitchen and the Japan Society and has been a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee, or Bessies, since 1985. Greco, whose tenure begins July 2, replaces Marion Koltun Dienstag, who resigned in April.

Last night, reports, Sotheby’s achieved its highest contemporary-art-sale total in Europe, when it sold £72,427,600 ($144,319,236) worth of art. It also made auction history when Damien Hirst’s pill cabinet, Lullaby Spring, soared to £9.6 million ($19.2 million), making Hirst the most expensive living artist at auction. Francis Bacon’s Self Portrait was sold to a private American collector for the spectacular price of £21.58 million ($43 million). On both occasions, the room broke out in spontaneous applause.