- "By opening this show without [Büchel's] assent, the museum has broken faith with the artist, the public and art itself."
- "Although museums still focus most of their energy on finished works ..., they now routinely function as patrons, using their budgets to help artists create works from scratch. ... [But] there are dangers, including the possibility that in controlling the purse strings, a museum starts thinking of itself as a co-author who knows what the artist wants better than he or she does."
- "Initially I felt some sympathy for Mass MoCA. ... But when the museum became set on opening the unfinished piece over Mr. Büchel’s objections, my sympathy evaporated. And when I visited Mass MoCA, my sentiments curdled."
- "[B]y opening this strange quasi display, MassMoCA does even more damage to itself and to its reputation as a steward of art and as a conduit between living artists and the public."
- "My first thought while walking among the tarps is that no one working at the museum had ever seen a finished Büchel, which would be pretty astonishing, especially since a very large Büchel installation was on view in London while things were unraveling in North Adams."
- "[T]he museum has removed the bar that was part of the Büchel piece to make way for 'Made at Mass MoCA,' a self-serving, slapped-together display of photographs of previous installations. ... Beyond that and up a flight of stairs, things get stranger still. ... On [one] wall newspaper articles and editorials about the controversy are pinned to the wall, although a scathing indictment of Mass MoCA by The Boston Globe’s art critic is absent. The museum deserves to be scathed."
- "In the end it doesn’t matter how many people toil on a work of art, or how much money is spent on it. The artist’s freedom includes the right to say, 'This is not a work of art unless I say so.'"