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Out with the old, in with the new

This is my first post, and allows me a chance to vent on an issue that I think is emblematic of what is wrong with the art world, namely the sale of the core collections of the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY. Anyone with an interest in art must know about this sale already, it received a fair amount of publicity, and the controversy was well covered by the art section of the New York Times, and I am sure other venues. However, even so, the magnitude of the sale does deserve even more comment and coverage. The sales themselves have been over for awhile now, but the implications and lessons to be gleaned remain important. First to review some of the highlights of the collection and sale from the least prominent to most. This is a personal selection, there were many works of art sold, and others might select other pieces to highlight the travesty of this sale. First, a rather beautiful Gandharan head of a bodhisatva, underlife sized and well preserved, but […]

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