Keep the INDUSTRY alive!

Donn Zaretsky argues that the relaxation on deaccessioning restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic should stay in place…permanently!

So when should it be acceptable for a museum to sell work? I don’t know. What’s the museum? What’s the work? Why is the museum selling it? What does the museum intend to do with the money? What are the alternatives to selling? What are the consequences of not selling? Then you take all the answers to those questions and you make the hard decision as to whether the sale is justified. That’s the way it always should have been. That’s the way it should be when the pandemic ends.