Sunday, March 7, 2021

At the last minute, Baltimore Museum of Art board votes to pause controversial artwork auction

Money talks; bullshit walks.


“If you work at Tate, you are expected to toe the party line…”

The Tate Museum suspends curator Mark Godfrey for publicly criticizing the Tate’s decision to postpone the Guston exhibition. Rob Storr fears the exhibition will never happen. How far to the left can one go before ending up on the right?


Baltimore Museum controversy heats up…

and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any easier for the Museum any time soon.

“Just over a year ago I quietly changed my estate plans when it became clear to me that under the leadership of Christopher Bedford the BMA was no longer trustworthy to receive this bequest,” said former trustee, Stiles Colwill, in an email.

I wonder: Is this move by the Baltimore the equivalent of some AOC progressive gaffe, where initially it seemed like a good idea to kill off “farting cows” in order to save the environment? I think so.


Baltimore Museum’s sale agreement with Sotheby’s is plagued with “irregularities and potential conflicts of interest”

[A] group of 23 museum supporters is calling on the government to investigate and put a stop to the planned deaccessioning.

In a strongly worded six-page letter to Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh and secretary of state John C. Wobensmith, signatories including former BMA board chairwoman Constance R. Caplan allege that the sale agreement with Sotheby’s is plagued with “irregularities and potential conflicts of interest” and should not be allowed to proceed.

More here.


Fire Sale

Yachts, planes, and blue chip art are up for grabs. Just not on Craigslist.


Transgressive street artist may lose intellectual property

Apparently Banksy’s anonymity and surreptitious art practice is costing him…big time.

“Banksy has chosen to remain anonymous and, for the most part, to paint graffiti on other people’s property without their permission, rather than to paint it on canvases or his own property,” the panel said.


Who owns Emily?

but I will remain as the real Emily; the Emily who owns the high-art Emily, and the one who wrote this essay, too. She will continue to carve out control where she can find it.

Interesting essay by writer and model, Emily Ratajkowski, on authorized and unauthorized uses of her image, and how one’s image and name can quickly become a product and brands. With the rise of social media and the evisceration of truth and meaning (not just fake news), how much is under our control?

And, as she rightly points out, “it costs. A lot.” to hire lawyers to take care of these pesky matters.


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