France Honors Frick Director Ian Wardropper with the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

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On Monday, June 10, Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, received the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in a private ceremony held during a reception at the museum.  Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, officiated at the ceremony.  The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) was created in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.   The Order is given out twice annually to only a few hundred people worldwide.  Among the Americans who have received this award in the past are Paul Auster, Ornette Coleman, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Judith Jamison, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Uma Thurman.