How Berkshire Museum Leaders Got To The Idea Of Selling Art

The story told by the newly released papers, which were made public on Monday, starts in April 2016. That’s when the board of the Berkshire Museum was presented with a detailed report from TDC, a group of museum consultants in Boston. In their “summary of capitalization needs,” TDC concluded that the museum needed about $2 […]

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The Berkshire Museum’s Planned Sale Obliterates Ethical Boundaries, An Art Critic Says

The planned sale has implications far beyond Pittsfield, Mass., which is why the San Francisco Chronicle’s art critic is writing about it. “There is a real sense in which these collections belong to all of us. These institutions exist for the benefit of the public, and they subsist through public support, whether directly with government […]

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Despite 11,000 People Demanding That The Met Remove This Painting, It Won’t – And Shouldn’t

Yes, this artwork can be read as problematic. Jerry Saltz acknowledges that, and then says a lot more: “Even in our rush to protect the innocent, curtail creeps, and assume the moral high ground, art can never abandon paradox. Unlike pornography, which we know it when we see it, Balthus throws us into a nether […]

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