Friday, April 9, 2010

Don't deaccession, Coaccession(tm)!

Northwestern Art Review publisher Cam Henderson shows through his writings his interest in, among other things, art markets and artists rights, so I reached out to him about Coaccession's role in those areas. That led to an interview over coffee, which led to his NAR post:

Don’t Deaccession, Coaccession™: The Need for a Radical Transformation of the Economic Management of America’s Fine Arts Institutions

Cam's youthful enthusiasm shows through quite clearly. I hope it will prove infectious so that artworks can finally start supporting the arts with all the munificence that their vast financial value can provide. Cam certainly seems committed to spreading the meme, and his efforts could be key to converting the views of some powers that be.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tightening the bonds?

Art 21 Blog published my comments on Maxwell Anderson's deaccession principles:

Whether today’s curators should be bound by past curators' decisions is debatable (legislators aren’t), but it seems beyond debate that today’s curators should use Coaccession(tm) to care better for an expanded collection.

Coaccession can let museums reduce deaccessions by reducing financial reasons to have "Items for which the Museum is not able to provide proper storage or care." Cultural Titles(tm) can be forever practically, even if circumstances make undivided titles impractical.