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The American Folk Art Museum was cited by Roberta Smith of the New York Times for presenting one of the top ten exhibitions of the year: When the Curtain Never Comes Down.

This is the third year in a row that the museum has been honored by end-of-year praise. Last year, Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic was cited by art critics at Time Out New York as one of the top ten exhibitions of the year. And in 2013, Roberta Smith noted the importance of the museum's exhibitions of works by Bill Traylor.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art has been having trouble keeping up with the demand to see “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” an exhibition that fills most of the museum’s space and was described by Roberta Smith in The New York Times as “the most cogent account of Mr. Koons’s career in over two decades.” And it may be that museumgoers want a last chance to walk through the Whitney as it is currently constituted, before the museum leaves its Marcel Breuer building for its new home, designed by Renzo Piano, in the meatpacking district.

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The recent series of job changes at the The New York Times now includes the normally sedate visual arts section, where critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith have just been named co-chief art critics. Artnet first reported the news on Twitter, and a Times representative confirmed the promotions to The Observer.

“When you have two of the best art critics on earth and when you need a chief art critic, you know what to do,” Times culture editor Jonathan Landman wrote in a memo announcing the appointments. “You make both of them chief art critic.”

Ms. Smith has been a staff critic at The Times for 20 years, and is the first woman to hold the chief art critic title. Mr. Cotter joined the staff in 1998. He won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 2009.

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