Part of the reason I love the Met was the work done by Thomas Hoving, Met director from 1966-1977.
His NYT obituary includes this paragraph:
“My collecting style was pure piracy, and I got a reputation as a shark,” he wrote, adding that his little black book of “dealers and private collectors, smugglers and fixers” was bigger than anyone’s.
The mummies will mourn his passing, as will we all.
One of the best writers about art, Michael Kimmelman of the NYT, offers this appraisal of Mr. Hoving in the Sunday Times (12/13/09)