Tyler Green has a new home at ArtInfo.com. It was smart move on ArtInfo’s part to host–and sell ads against–the work of a popular and provocative writer. One presumes Mr. Green was also attracted to the idea of generating some income from his writing even if being hosted by an organization that takes art-as-commerce as its bailiwick puts him in the middle of the lion’s den.
Not that his new home has influenced his writing. Here Green takes his customary Olympian position on the recent news that the Rose Museum is exploring ways to generate income from its art holdings without selling that art. This is obviously a fraught and complicated subject made even more complicated by the existence of fees within the museum world that are effectively rents on art.
Green prefers a Manichean world. A reader pointed out to us this morning Green’s extravagant tone and offered a gloss on it. Here the reader is quoted:
Shame on everyone! Shame on MFAB! Shame on the Phillips! Shame on the MCASD! Shame on Brandeis! Shame on Brandeis’s enablers! Shame on Brandeis’s enablers enablers! Shame on the AAMD! Shame on the old director of the AAMD! Pre-emptive shame on the new director of the AAMD! Shame on everyone! (Except Christopher Knight.) Shame shame shame, have you people no shame?!?
If you think this characterization is overblown, compare it to the original here:
Brandeis’s Proposed Art Rental and the School’s Enablers (Modern Art Notes/ArtInfo.com)