Arts Modern Art Notes Has Harsh Words for Seattle Art Museum
In this piece two weeks ago, I asked why, after several requests, I wasn’t getting information from the Seattle Art Museum about the artworks it has been deaccessioning. To be fair, director Mimi Gates wasn’t in town when I wrote the piece, so she didn’t have a chance to respond that time, but I had made the requests repeatedly over the course of months, and gotten nowhere.
Now leading blogger Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes has his say about the matter, and it isn’t pretty.
What the Seattle Art Museum seems to be doing isn’t only wrong, it diminishes the public trust in and the public faith in the institution. It is a blunder of the first order. The museum should be ashamed.
If the Association of Art Museum Directors was a useful organization and not a wimpy invertebrate, this would be the kind of offense that gets Gates publicly reprimanded by her peers, at least. Of course that won’t happen — AAMD has all the teeth of a wet mop. Time to start explaining, Ms. Gates.