Saturday, 23 June 2012

Objects "Better off in US Museums"?

Carmen Tisch, former drug addict who took bath salts, was caught on surveillance video walking into the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, hitting and scratching a $30 million painting and then leaning up against it and urinating. Video grabs show her with the painting, discussing the incident and showing a tattoo of her daughter on her leg that she says helps keep her sober nowadays. Collectors and dealers over in loot-hungry USA never tire of telling us how much better it would be for the world's artefacts if they could be stored in US collections, no matter how they get there. The argument is falsified by the number of cases where items go missing from US collections, including the story of the Polish Museum of America last week and others I have discussed on this blog. Then we have the events last December in the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver (Ryan Gorman, 'Denver woman says she urinated on $30 million painting during bath salt bender' New York Daily Times, Friday, June 22, 2012). ...

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