Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Wedding Cakes, Urinals, and Other Art"

Michael Dorf on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case currently before the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, September 01, 2017

Deaccessioning Podcast

Featuring Deaccessioning Hall of Fame scholar-in-residence Brian Frye.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Bizarre Pollock forgery scam"

Details here.

Bizarre as they are, Tim Schneider points out that "narrative is only a few fractions of an inch ballsier than a narrative that suckered multiple high-level collectors in New York and other industry hubs for decades" -- i.e., the Knoedler forgeries.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The logical endpoint of the anti-deaccessioning position (UPDATED)

LA Times art critic Christopher Knight has a solution to the Berkshire Museum's financial difficulties:

"Don’t sell the art. Do close the museum. Start behaving like the charitable institution you are supposed to be. Spend the next several years responsibly overseeing the dispersal of the collection."

Let that sink in, folks.  This is what the Deaccession Police believe.  (Another example here.)

They would rather a museum close than sell a single work.  (The sale of 400 works, on the other hand, just with a different use of proceeds -- that's perfectly fine.)

Previous discussions of Knight's contributions to the deaccessioning debate here and here.

UPDATE:  "With friends like Knight, the AAM and AAMD hardly need enemies. Hopefully, the dogmatism of the deaccessioning police will finally encourage more sensible minds to consider the actual consequences of the dogma."