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v. de·ac·ces·sioned, de·ac·ces·sion·ing, de·ac·ces·sions
To remove (an object) from a collection, especially in order to sell it and purchase other objects: "He also denied that ... friends of the museum were permitted to buy ... pieces that were deaccessioned" (New York Times).
To remove an object or objects from a collection.

de′ac·ces′sion n.


or de-ac•ces•sion

(ˌdi ækˈsɛʃ ən)

1. to remove (an object) from the permanent collections of a museum, library, or similar repository, usu. through a sale or trade.
2. the act or fact of deaccessioning an object.
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Verb1.deaccession - sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works; "The museum deaccessioned several important works of this painter"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism - transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
References in periodicals archive ?
TMA periodically reviews its holdings and occasionally deaccessions a select few works of art, based on what will enhance the entire Museum collection," it said in an online statement titled "To Whom It May Concern".
Happily, he has benefitted from museum deaccessions too, securing Lucas Cranach's heavily overpainted but near perfect Lamentation over Dead Christ of around 1518 (Fig.
The lack of secondary Scheyern provenance evidence suggests that these were not deaccessions from the abbey library but rather the commercial productions of the bindery itself.
See generally Sue Chen, Art Deaccessions and the Limits of Fiduciary Duty, 14 ART ANTIQUITY & L.
The issues covered in this section are the stuff of many librarian's or information professional's nightmares: malpractice and duty of care, failure to act on a publisher's warning, collections decisions and accuracy of materials, services to licensed professionals, forms of liability arising from assisting lay users, subject expertise and liability for librarians, negligent misrepresentation, contracts and agreements, and acquisitions, loans, and deaccessions as potential issues of liability.
The deductive Conceptualist--at times jocularly parochial (Asher's Painting and Sculpture from the Museum of Modern Art: Catalog of Deaccessions 1929 Through 1998 by Michael Asher, 1999), at others crypto-canonical (Kelly's PostPartum Document, 1973-79)--may very well acknowledge, even foreground, the "social" or "critical" aspects of art, but not without suppressing trivial notions of "sociality" or ""criticality.
John Kincaid is probably not too far off the mark with his assessment that what is occurring "appears to be a process involving restoration, deaccession, and rebalancing, that is, restorations of powers to the states and their local governments as well as deaccessions of unwanted functions, which, together, could produce a rebalancing of power between the federal government and the states.
Evaluating the procedures for recording accessions and deaccessions and inspecting approvals or acknowledgments to donors of the acquired items.
183) Therefore, the cases that go to trial might not paint a full picture of the challenges brought against museum deaccessions because of standing requirements and the high cost of litigation.
The reactions to museum deaccessions really should not surprise us.
The question of how new purchases will fit into a pre-determined scheme is not entirely resolved, but Horta-Osorio is certain that they are unlikely to add substantially to their collection, as he typically deaccessions pieces to buy finer examples of the same type: 'As time goes by we believe we must focus even more on quality.