The Easel

Art museums should sell works in storage to avoid raising admission fees

As widely reported, the Berkshire Museum is in a dispute over the sale of key works. Adjacent to this is perhaps a more important public interest issue – should museums sell artworks that they rarely, if ever, put on display? Why not deaccession the “bottom 1%” to fund free admission?  “[Museum directors], how much more art that you can’t afford to conserve, and have no space to display, do you really want?”