Saturday, September 19, 2020

Frye: The Illusory "Public Trust"' in Art

Brian Frye photoBrian L. Frye (Kentucky) has posted The Illusory "Public Trust" in Art, which has been published in Deaccessioning in a Post-Pandemic Word. Here is the abstract:

The "deaccessioning police" argue that it is "unethical" for art museums to "deaccession" or "sell" works of art from their collections for any purpose other than buying different works of art, because museums do not really own the art in their collections, but only hold it subject to the "public trust doctrine." This essay observes that the public trust doctrine doesn't apply to art, and that the arguments made by the deaccessioning police are absurd, on their own terms.

Lloyd Mayer

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