Disney Animator Ollie Johnston Dies at 95
DENVER—The Denver Art Museum has appointed Eric Paddock its new curator of photography and media arts. Paddock moves to the museum after 25 years as the curator of photography and film at the Colorado Historical Society, where, as the institution's first photography curator, he more than doubled the size of the collection. He has also taught as a visiting professor of art history and photography at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Colorado College. Paddock takes up his new position mid-summer.
BARCELONA—The Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona has appointedBartomeu Mari as its new director. Mari has served as the museum'schief curator since 2004. He also worked previously as projectcoordinator at the Tabakalera International Contemporary Culture Centerof San Sebastián - Donostia and for six years as the director of theWitte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.
DUBLIN—Declan McGonagle will serve as the next director of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. McGonagle, who assumes the position in the fall, is currently the director of the Interface Center for Research in Art, Technology and Design at the University of Ulster. From 1991 to 2001, he served as the founding director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Before that, he ran the Orchard Gallery in Derry and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
NEW YORK—American modernist painter Joseph Solman died on April 16 in his studio in New York. He was 99. Solman, known for his street scenes and Subway Series gouaches, founded the progressive artists' group the Ten, which he unofficially led with Mark Rothko, in 1935. Around the same time, he was elected the editor in chief of Art Front magazine. He worked as an artist for the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and early '40s, where he collaborated with Jackson Pollock and befriended Willem de Kooning. He also co-founded a group called Reality in the 1950s with Edward Hopper and Jack Levine. Solman was an early proponent of abstraction, though his own work never moved into total abstraction.
SEQUIM, Wash.–Ollie Johnston, the last surviving member of Disney's core group of senior animators known as the "nine old men," died April 14 at the age of 95. Johnston began his career at Disney in 1935, working as an assistant animator on the company's first full-length feature, "Snow White," and went on to work on a long list of classics, including "Bambi," "Pinocchio," "Cinderella," "Peter Pan," and "The Jungle Book." He collaborated most closely with Frank Thomas, another member of the nine who died in 2004. The two men retired in 1978, after which they lectured and wrote a number of books, including the comprehensive Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Photographer Burt Glinn died April 9 at the age of 82. Glinn, one of the first Americans to join Magnum Photos agency, was most famous for his journalistic photographs, including a close shot of Fidel Castro during his 1959 revolutionary march on Havana and a picture of the back of Nikita Khruschev's head in front of the Lincoln Memorial, taken during the Soviet leader's visit to Washington that same year. He also worked in the commercial realm and photographed celebrities like Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor. Glinn produced two books with writer Laurens van der Post, A Portrait of All the Russias (1967) and A Portrait of Japan (1968), and twice served as the president of Magnum.