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Ian Wardropper at the Bard Graduate Center, January 2011
Ian Wardropper at the Bard Graduate Center, January 2011. Photo by Patrick McMullan


May 20, 2011

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The Frick Collection has selected Ian Wardropper, chairman of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as its new director, reports the New York Times. Wardropper officially begins his duties on Oct. 3, 2011. He succeeds Anne Poulet, an eight-year veteran of the museum, who announced her planned retirement a year ago.

Museum insiders may remember that Wardropper was presumed to be a candidate to succeed Philippe de Montebello as director of the Met, a job that of course went to another Met insider, tapestry curator Thomas P. Campbell. At the Frick, the pool of top-tier candidates reportedly included the Frick's own chief curator, Colin Bailey; Ashmolean Museum at Oxford director Christopher Brown; former National Galleries of Scotland director Timothy Clifford; fellow Met curator Gary Tinterow; and Peter Sutton, who heads the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn.

Wardropper is not expected to be a risk-taker, according to news reports. He has suggested that his modest plans for the museum include redesigning the website and increasing educational programs and audio tours. The salary for the job is $730,000, according to the New York Observer.

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