Monday, August 02, 2010

"The restoration completes a reversal of physical decline that began in 1961"

I found it amusing that Philadelphia Inquirer art critic Edward Sozanski was able to write an entire, glowing piece on the Gross Clinic conservation (it "restored the masterpiece to something close to how it looked when it left the artist's studio") without once mentioning that the whole thing was made possible by a case of deaccessioning. He says the project was "carried out by the picture's joint owners, the Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts," but he neglects to say how they became joint owners.