Saturday, December 06, 2008

Waxing Apoplectic

Michael O'Hare, Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at Cal-Berkeley, on the AAMD's reaction to the news that the National Academy Museum had sold two paintings:

"The sale is conditioned on agreement to display the works, and they're doing it to be able to show more art to more people ..., indeed to be able to survive as a going institution. ... If you think managing a collection so more people can actually see more paintings, (or that museums should stay in business rather than close) is a benighted and evil way to behave, you will be glad to know that the Association of Art Museum Directors is on your side, and has waxed apoplectic over the Academy's shocking idea."