Should A Glance At Greatness Really Cost More In New York?

Since going on public display at New York’s Neue Gallery, Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece “Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” has been drawing crowds and controversy in roughly equal measures, with the latter sparked by the Neue’s quickly abandoned plan to charge visitors $50 to view the Klimt. But despite the Neue’s course correction, the outrage over the steep admission price has spread, and a much-needed debate over what it costs to gain admission to New York’s various museums and galleries is now well underway.