February 18, 2009
There's been a flurry of art news within the past week or so, and I've started to keep a close eye on how a lot of museums are coping with tough economic times. Some museums have considered selling parts of their collections. Waves of criticism rolled in when Brandeis made that announcement.
Still, some museums, like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, receive $25 million donations. In the case of LACMA, it didn't come without strings.
While a Detroit museum got excited about finding lost art in a school basement, Greg Sandow published a piece in the Wall Street Journal arguing that "the arts are going to need a better strategy" for finding money. And in the end the arts need to be more self-sufficient, not dependent on government support.
Jörg Colberg disagrees.
On a lighter note, nobody has managed to rule out Jean-Pierre Houdin's theory of how the Giza pyramids were built. His new revolutionary theory about an internal ramp system shook the archeological world...and the theory still stands.