Museum Art Sales Face Judgment Of Time

So Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Gallery is selling off some of its art. So what? “Museums are devoting more and more resources to acquiring large amounts of contemporary art, work about which the judgment of history–supposedly what museums are all about – is far from settled. Such acquisition policies may be acceptable, but not when done by getting rid of masterpieces whose importance has been validated by time and critical opinion and that provide a context for the work of the present. Ironically, this plan is driven by perceptions about the notably erratic and currently inflated contemporary art market, rather than by any dire financial crisis.”