Monday, July 11, 2005

In defense of the art museum `blockbuster'
In response to criticism from, amongst others, Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, Thomas Hoving launches a defense of exhbitions like the Tutankhamun blockbuster currently touring the U.S.. Hoving is the former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, who says that he has been called the inventor of the art Block-Buster, but also describes himself as an "art elitist" who hates "the crowds that come with blockbuster exhibitions, the inflated admission prices and those things you stick in your ear for the platitudinous canned tour". But he still sees the value in bringing the rare and the beautiful to home audiences. A spirited and entertaining article - see the above URL for more.

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