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What Gary Tinterow's MFAH Appointment May Be Saying About Houston

Dare we say Houston -- and not New York City -- is the place to be for visual art?

Yesterday, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced the selection of Gary Tinterow as MFAH director. Tinterow is the latest New Yorker -- much like Art League Houston's Glenn Weiss and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's Dean Daderko -- to ditch the Big Apple for Houston.

Tinterow replaces the late Peter C. Marzio, who lost hit battle to cancer at age 67 in December 2010.

At press time, the MFAH press department was unable to fulfill interview requests with Tinterow and/or an MFAH board member who helped make the decision to hire the 58-year-old arts administrator. Art Attack did confirm that Tinterow will begin his new gig in early 2012, so we'll catch up with him at that time.

Tinterow will leave his 28-year-old post at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to become MFAH's seventh director. He's the current chairman of 19th century, modern and contemporary art at the Met.

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While there, he brought in the way popular "Degas" show in 1988, "Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting" in 2004 and 2010's smash hit "Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Now, much like Weiss and Daderko, he'll bring his artistic know-how to Houston.

Happenstance or a pattern?

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