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Rounding up coverage of new Albright-Knox director

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Newly appointed Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén with gallery board president Leslie Zemsky on Monday. Photo by Derek Gee / The Buffalo News.

After yesterday's annoucement that Helsinki Art Museum Director Janne Sirén will become the next director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, art blogs and publications lit up with coverage. Here's a look at what some have been writing:

At Real Clear Arts, Judith H. Dobrzynski notes that Sirén is "not one of the usual suspects."

Lee Rosenbaum, aka CultureGrrrl, has some insight on Sirén and his scuttled initiative to bring a Guggenheim Museum outpost to Helsinki. (Look for more on this next week.)

More coverage from ArtInfo, Business First, The New York Times and Artdaily.org. And this article over at Buffalo Rising carries some intriguging comments.

And finally, some thoughts via Twitter from critic Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes:

"This is key for Siren at A-K: Before he can do cultural tourism, he needs to get Buffalo excited about the A-K."

"...That Guggenheim Finland thing is in the 'worst idea ever' category. Hmm."

"...Buffalo does not know how great the A-K is. To ignore the local and to go cultural tourism would be a big mistake."

Much more to come, on Sirén's Guggenheim experience and his perception by Helsinki's residents, in future stories.

--Colin Dabkowski

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