The New York Observer reports that the Met might have a new curator:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is expected to announce shortly that Xavier Salomon, the chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, will be joining the institution as a curator of Italian paintings.
The 31-year-old rising star-something of the “golden boy” of the Old Masters set, according to one Met wag-is being imported and installed as a full curator. That’s jaw-dropping in a business, and an institution, where even top talent climbs up the ladder slowly. (Several of the museum’s associate curators are in their 40s). It’s all part of a trend in museums that has given the nod to younger curators in hopes that they will participate in fund-raising, socializing and education programs. Mr. Salomon, for example, already has a handful of art history lectures on YouTube. He’s also known in high-society circles: At the Frick’s last Young Collectors fete, the tux-sporting curator partied among various Rockefellers, Tisches and Tinsley Mortimer.
Met Nets ‘Golden Boy’ Curator (NY Observer)