Deep-pocketed Kimbell lures star curator George Shackelford away from Boston

by Bill Davenport July 9, 2011

The expanding Kimbell is expanding its staff: hiring star curator George Shackelford as it’s new #2 man. Shackelford, who worked for eleven years at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, has been cooling off in Boston for the past 15,  he was easy to reclaim for Texas. Calling the Kimbell “the most beautiful art museum built in the 20th century,” Shackelford admitted that the Kimbell’s deep pockets for acquisitions also played a role in his decision, “Anyone who said ‘no’ would be a fool. Clearly, the Kimbell’s resources are truly staggering.” Kimbell director Eric Lee was equally hyperbolic: “He’s a superstar in the field . . . It’s like recruiting Michael Jordan.”

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