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Re: Re: how museums make art history -who carries the weight?

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Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:17:57 EST

It's sad how often people take the inclusion of art in a museum as the test of
quality. It might be enlightening for them to see inside the vaults of those
museums to find how many truly ghastly works of art were collected by curators
"who liked it" or "who thought it would be important," and which now sit in
storage. The flip side is the new-found "legitimacy" of the work ofself-taught
artists, "craftspersons," and artists such as Escher who have for so long
been held outside the canon.

Museums have the tricky responsibility of pointing out the subjectivity of
artistic quality while maintaining their institutional role to "collect and
protect art for future generations."