Monday, May 11, 2009

"Finding an answer of what's best to do with a valuable painting is difficult"

The Wilmington Library in Delaware is selling 14 N.C. Wyeth illustrations "to pay for $5 million in major improvements." Story here. "No one is sadder than we are," says the president of the library's board of managers. "We love the paintings but we also love the building and want to keep the library in the building and make improvements in tough economic times."

Are these works held in trust for the public? Or do only museums hold work in trust for us? Is this sale repulsive? It's so hard to keep it all straight sometimes.