Daniel Brook of the Boston Globe has a can’t miss article on the “Gross Clinic” fund raising efforts in today’s edition, available here. He neatly summarizes all of the salient issues in the dispute, and rightly points out the hypocrisy in an American city, which owes much of its artistic resources to the power of its Gilded Age benefactors, crying foul when an important work is purchased by wealthy outsiders. Were Philadelphians perhaps upset at the idea of Bentonville Arkansas, home to Wal-Mart, upstaging its own perceived cultural importance? I think so. The article echoes a lot of the arguments I’ve been making here, namely that the civic export restrictions are quite similar to the policies implemented by source nations to protect their own archaeological heritage.
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