LACMA in the NY Times

Though Caryn promised herself not to blog about the Tut exhibit at LACMA, I can’t help but point out this great article in the NY Times (What Price Love? Museums Sell Out) about the emerging trend of public art institutions selling out in one way or another. They talk not only about the Tut exhibit, but also about museums selling off their pricey holdings, leasing out their holdings to for-profit entities and this:

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Museum has entered into an arrangement even more problematic than the one for the King Tut show. Tut, after all, will come and go. But the museum is making more lasting plans with the billionaire contemporary art collector Eli Broad, letting him build a museum that he can oversee, with his name on it, on museum property – on public, tax-free land. Los Angeles County will then pay to maintain it.

Added to that, there is no guarantee that Eli Broad will eventually deed that collection to LACMA. While this isn’t necessarily new information (see also LA Times: Which Way, LACMA?), the article puts together a lot of disparate pieces of the puzzle.

4 Replies to “LACMA in the NY Times”

  1. Thanks for the link, Tyler, on the ArtsJournal about the earlier piece last year which I don’t remember reading.

    I think you’re right that he does have a lot going on in the article and I’m not one to analyze much about the art world as I’m just a consumer (probably one of those people that the Tut exhibit thought they were going to attract). I go look at art about four times a year and probably only one of those will be at a major institution … more if I go out of town.

    What it did tell me that I didn’t know is that MOMA sold off one of its paintings by Henri-Edmond Cross, who’s a personal favorite of mine (and very hard to find, I actually went to Toledo once to see his stuff) since I saw one of his paintings when I was a teenager of a seascape with sailboats and just about wept with joy over its beauty.

    The only good news about finding out about that after the sale is that I wouldn’t have been able to afford it so I can stop beating myself up. Maybe whoever bought it will loan it out somewhere and I’ll get to see it.

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