Marketplace has segment this morning supposedly arguing against the sales of art work from museum storage. Unfortunately, the segment presents no example of the supposed crime against posterity. Though interviewee Blake Gopnik does his best to suggest the National Gallery is selling art, neither Marketplace nor Gopnik ever mention which institution or what art works are supposed to be at issue. Instead, we’re given a blanket argument—wholly unsupported by facts or logic—that museums are somehow “owned” by posterity.
The pretext for this thin segment seems to have been the recent New York Times article that also seemed to be logically challenged.