The Easel

Why a Massachusetts museum selling its prized Norman Rockwell painting should worry art museums everywhere

A Massachusetts museum plans to raise money by selling some of its art.  One prominent critic is incensed. “Plainly they’ve lost their minds. [A] collection is held in the public trust … Absurdly, museum standards are being vandalized to protect the museum. Here’s an idea: Donate the art to other museums that would benefit most from having it. With community treasures being turned into private possessions, the public is the loser.”