Nicholas Baume to Head Public Art Fund

Nicholas Baume, chief curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston since 2003, has been named the new director of the Public Art Fund, which presents temporary art installations throughout New York City, reports Carol Vogel for the New York Times. He succeeds Rochelle Steiner, who left in April; his tenure will begin on September 21.

The Sydney-born Baume, forty-four, helped establish the Boston institute’s “Momentum” project series, which features site-specific installations by emerging artists. While there, his team produced up to twelve new exhibitions and commissions annually. Artists for which Baume organized shows while at the ICA include Ugo Rondinone, Rodney McMillian, Gerard Byrne, Tara Donovan, Thomas Hirschhorn, Kai Althoff, and Carol Bove, among others. While he said it was premature to discuss specific artists or the kinds of works he would like to present in New York, he said he took the job because “I love working on ambitious projects with great artists.” He added that “the chance to create extraordinary works in a context like New York is unequaled.”