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Art museums finally looking at provenance more carefully?


by Jerome Weeks 3 Apr 2008

A Christian Science Monitor report: With police raids publicly embarrassing art museums, San Diego Museum of Art director Derrick Cartwright says, “We’re no longer going to take things that people say for granted whether they sell or donate an object. What’s really at stake is the public trust.” But as American museums deal with the […]

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A Christian Science Monitor report:

With police raids publicly embarrassing art museums, San Diego Museum of Art director Derrick Cartwright says, “We’re no longer going to take things that people say for granted whether they sell or donate an object. What’s really at stake is the public trust.”

But as American museums deal with the fallout from more scandals over stolen and looted art, it’s not clear if others are as willing to drastically shake up how they do things.

“Clearly we are not really policing ourselves, otherwise we would never be in this position today,” says Marie Malaro, a former attorney for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “Our large museums should know better.”

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