Sunday, 11 January 2015

Changes in St Louis AIA?

The motion to revoke the charter of the St. Louis Society of AIA unless the full board resigns passed. The St. Louis Society AIA board must resign by 1st February 2015 or charter is revoked.

Voting against antiquities sales
A handout distributed during the meeting indicated that the AIA is considering changing its views on the sales of objects of documented legal origins (on the grounds that it legitimises the trade which leads to illicit activity). This is, in my view, bonkers. We should be emphasising the difference precisely between documented licit provenance of antiquities, and antiquities lacking such documentation. This reaction by the AIA to a situation within its own ranks will potentially have damaging effects outside. I hope they reconsider this.

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