Monday, November 02, 2009

Deaccessioning Quote of the Day

From Crispin Sartwell (reacting to this piece by Peter Brooks in the NYRB):

"for example, the metropolitan museum says that it possesses 5 million objects. now how many of these are on display? 20,000? so in what sense is the work 'viewable'? it's like - correction: it is - a massive bunker of art, a miser with a stashed hoard of useless gold. the point isn't to display the art; it's to segregate it or insulate it, to assert its priceless uniqueness by, um, burying it forever etc."