"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.
Courts have addressed cases challenging museum deaccessions
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." From its beginnings, this side of Conceptualism has had little time for the work endowed with "supposedly magical significance," as Art & Language's Charles Harrison once wrote, since the cultivation of just such romantic mystery was "a function of the magic-authenticating system."
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." (72) That would be somewhere between trend line (c) and trend line (d).
* "Evaluating the procedures for recording accessions and deaccessions
and inspecting approvals or acknowledgments to donors of the acquired items."
(224) Within the deaccessioning debate, there are three primary positions: one holds that deaccessioning is not an option for museums; the second allows for certain deaccessions
if the use of proceeds is restricted to future acquisitions for the collection; the third view posits that deaccessioning and using sales proceeds for operating expenses can be beneficial for museums and the public.
The reactions to museum deaccessions
really should not surprise us.
The overall effect will be rather timeless and simple.' 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.'
Durand in 2005, brokered by Sotheby's to Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton for her private "Crystal Bridges" museum in Bentonville, Arkansas (within a month of the deaccessioning's semisecret announcement), gained the library's endowment as much as Randolph College is currently expecting at auction from all its own deaccessions
. Sixteen more works from the library's collection went on open auction later that year.
(55) The November 2007 AAMD Position Paper on Art Museums and Deaecessioning provides: "There are two fundamental principles that are always observed whenever an AAMD member art museum deaccessions
an object: The decision to deaccession
is made solely to improve the quality, scope, and appropriateness of the collection, and to support the mission and longterm goals of the museum; Proceeds from a deaccessioned
work are used only to acquire other works of art the proceeds are never used as operating funds, to build a general endowment, or for any other expenses."