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Presumably for family reasons she's still stuck with a CD-ROM of Encarta.

I agree with you, though; she's an engaging speaker, and she knows her stuff.

Posted by Fnarf | June 2, 2008 4:12 PM
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So many important European artists I would love to see land in this fair city...

Posted by Cale | June 2, 2008 4:16 PM
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Women who are moved to gasp in awe of serious, nerdy scholarship? Hot.

Posted by elenchos | June 2, 2008 4:23 PM
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i love mimi gates

Posted by um | June 2, 2008 4:24 PM
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Yeah, we'd all love to see the Pieta, but isn't that a Vatican property? Fat fucking chance.

I want a big pre-Raphaelite exhibition, myself, but would definitely be cool with the Gates giving Vermeer or Caravaggio. Tintoretto, even.

Posted by Jessica | June 2, 2008 4:49 PM
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Due to some 'holes I find it better to stay out of art discussions now with poorly-armed critics...but the Pieta in Seattle would be re-flipping-markable. Or any Michelangelo piece.

I'd travel to see them. And I'm 1500 miles away.

(my parents were married in Seattle 56 years ago)

Posted by Wolf | June 2, 2008 4:59 PM
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I agree, we need a parting gift to SAM.

I'd settle for a decent Rafaela. But a Vermeer would be nice ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 2, 2008 5:27 PM
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bill & melinda own art besides chihulys? we don't need chihulys.

Posted by max solomon | June 2, 2008 5:51 PM
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ahem, ahem, will. it's 'raphael', or 'raffaele'. yes, it would be nice. howevah, the insurance on babies like that is sky high. i'm predicting an endowed curatorship, or a big ol' wodge o' dosh.

Posted by scary tyler moore | June 2, 2008 6:36 PM
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@6 -- I thought your dead lover was T(intoretto) or T(oulouse-Lautrec)...can't you pull some strings?

Posted by Wolfpussy | June 2, 2008 6:52 PM
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#5, I was thinking the same thing! We need some Millais up in here.

Renoir, Lautrec, and Degas would also be excellent choices.

Posted by Cale | June 2, 2008 8:02 PM
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WOlf lives 1500 miles away!? That makes me hate him even worse!

Posted by Wolfisretarded | June 2, 2008 9:46 PM
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I signed on to see how the Wolf controversy was coming along and I'm so pleased to see you're still at it! Such fun!

@8 They wouldn't would they? That little pirate-looking bastard has done enough damage to this city.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | June 2, 2008 10:08 PM
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@9 - no, it depends on whether you're referring to the school or the specific artiste, and in what language.

So long as we don't get more cubists.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 3, 2008 1:17 AM
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Hell... If Bill's gonna raid the Vatican, lets go for something really good... why not the Laoco÷n Group?

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 3, 2008 10:03 AM
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Hey kids, SAM already had a Pre-Raphaelite show.
I find something strangely interesting that Mimi doesn't do the internets, and Bill doesn't do gifting his Step mom's Museum...

Posted by orangekrush | June 3, 2008 10:51 AM
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@15 -- The Laoco÷n Group...isn't that Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 3, 2008 11:39 AM
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It was a crummy provincial museum when she arrived and its a dressed-up crummy provincial museum when she leaves, with wildy overated sculpture park (containing hardly any sculpture in the don't touch and keep-off-the-grass park) and improved galleries (containing a sparse and weak permanent collection). Her legacy, primarily an edifice which is far from world-class (more Benaroya Hall than Main Library), will of course be celebrated extravagantly. But this city, with its Gates-sized resources, should be ashamed at how inconsequential its culture remains fiften years after Mimi got here.

Posted by disgruntled angeleno | June 3, 2008 12:30 PM
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I don't discount the accomplishments of Mimi Gates in her involvement with SAM. It cannot be said, though, that the museum has offered quality exhibits over the years. Yes, there have been impressionist exhibits (another goes up this month - yawn), and spanish exhibits, and the Rome exhibit, and Sargent and other stuffy exhibits that tour the country in other museums. These are the tried and true exhibits that lower level galleries show all the time. But give me something relevant! Give me an abstract painting exhibit of Gerhard Richter's work. Give me a Neo Rauch exhibit. Give me an Eakins exhibit, or Philip Guston, or a photorealist exhibit, or a contemporary latin american exhibit. Something beside the standard fair shown year after year. That is not Gates's job per se, it's the curator's job. The director's job in such exhibits is to pay for it, and these types of exhibits cost more and require more work. Let's hope SAM vastly improves the exhibit selection in the coming years.

Posted by Lazslo | June 3, 2008 1:23 PM
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I don't discount the accomplishments of Mimi Gates in her involvement with SAM. It cannot be said, though, that the museum has offered quality exhibits over the years. Yes, there have been impressionist exhibits (another goes up this month - yawn), and spanish exhibits, and the Rome exhibit, and Sargent and other stuffy exhibits that tour the country in other museums. These are the tried and true exhibits that lower level galleries show all the time. But give me something relevant! Give me an abstract painting exhibit of Gerhard Richter's work. Give me a Neo Rauch exhibit. Give me an Eakins exhibit, or Philip Guston, or a photorealist exhibit, or a contemporary latin american exhibit. Something beside the standard fair shown year after year. That is not Gates's job per se, it's the curator's job. The director's job in such exhibits is to pay for it, and these types of exhibits cost more and require more work. Let's hope SAM vastly improves the exhibit selection in the coming years.

Posted by Lazslo | June 3, 2008 1:23 PM

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