If this is not the final contribution to the New York Times by Carol Vogel as a four-decades-spanning staffer, it’s very close: a piece over the weekend about the opening of a LACMA exhibit showcasing Chinese conceptual artist Xu Bing. (The Times does not comment on these sorts of individual matters, so we were unable to confirm.)
Vogel recently took the NYT buyout, after a year that saw her legacy sullied by some Wikipedia lifting reported by FishbowlNY. However, as she recently told Artnet, she plans to continue contributing to the Times post-buyout. Here is her full initial statement to the publication:
As I’m sure you have probably read, the Times is offering voluntary buyouts and for those of us who have been here a while, it’s a good deal. So after much soul-searching I have decided to take management up on the offer and resign. (I am joining quite a list of well-known bylines.)
I still plan to write and work on some projects I have been wanting to pursue for ages but never had the time because writing for a daily newspaper is all-consuming. It’s exciting to finally take a leap into the unknown and to see what other opportunities arise.
All things considered, Vogel must feel fortunate to be able to end the year this way. Every journalist makes mistakes; it’s how they deal with and grow from the experience that is often more interesting.
We look forward to seeing what those other projects turn out to be.