Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tell me again about the "public trust"

Artnet reports that a Nov. 24 sale at Christie's "included a group of 15 Isfahan carpets from the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which received them in a 1925 bequest from Montana senator William Andrews Clark .... No word from the museum at press time regarding the sale, but this particular deaccession seems to have prompted few protests, if any."

: "once an object falls under the aegis of a museum, it is held in the public trust, to be accessible to present and future generations."