Two new notable personnel moves in the art world today:
— Tate Modern: After seven years as the director of Britain’s national museum of international modern art, reknowned art historian Vicente Todoli has decided to step down and leave the 10-year-old Tate. No word on what Todoli’s next plans are. In a statement, he said he had planned to take a “pause” years ago. In a statement to London Se-1, Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, praised Todoli’s “distinctive vision,” for shaping the young institution. He cited a series of exhibitions, including Kandinsky (2005), Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World (2006), Dali and Film (2007), Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia (2008), Rodchenko & Popova (2009) and the current Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World, as having shaped and defined the Tate.
— Art+Auction: The Louise Blouin Media has made a high-profile hire to expand the coverage of its arts news magazine and website. Ben Genocchio, formerly of The New York Times, has just been appointed Vice President of Editorial and Editor in Chief of Art+ Auction. In a press release, the publisher noted that Genocchio most recently served as an art and culture critic for the NYT for eight years. The hiring is intended to bring a greater international editorial direction to the Louise Blouin Media print and online pubs. Before joining the NYT, Genocchio was the chief art critic and the national arts correspondent for The Australian. (Image of Genocchio, courtesy of the Sidney Morning Herald)