Of Art And Nation

When a major cultural site is looted, as happened with Iraq’s National Museum in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003, a curious mix of artistic concern and nationalist passion dictates what happens next. And whether the backdrop is the wartorn Middle East, tribal Africa, or the supposedly “civilized” West, “the elegant lingo of art curators [falls] by the wayside in a high-stakes tit-for-tat.”