Hard bargaining, sleight-of-hand, gambling, and an assortment of activities with questionable ethical or legal status were all part of the game in the art world a century ago.
In the past, displaying offensive art got you into trouble. These days, it’s not so much what you display, but rather who paid for the display, that’s increasingly problematic.
A culture war is not a street fight. Axing the endowments scores points but still leaves the arts captive to academia and its maze of orthodoxies.
Now is a good time to consider where the two main candidates stand, not on the issues, but in the eyes of the art world.
Thousands of museum-owned objects are sitting in basements, warehouses, and storage depots around the world while their owners simultaneously plan expensive expansions and slash budgets.
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