One of my favorite characters on the planet is a great man of mystery and inveterate prankster. He is British graffiti artist who goes by the unlikely handle of Banksy. Back in 2005, Banksy's wife told him his art would never hang in a museum; whereupon, he brought four paintings to New York. Undetected, Banksy slipped into the four top museums and hung them on the walls.
Metropolitan Museum Of Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles is broke, and a lot of folks are in high dudgeon.
Its profligate and irresponsible director, Jeremy Strick, classically trained and hired in 1999 out of the Art Institute of Chicago, has burned through $44 million of the museum’s endowment, leaving it with a paltry $6 million.
This is a major scandal.
Museum management is dithering over how to quickly raise the $25 million needed to keep the doors open and some of its programs going. Do they merge with another museum? Do they hit up some big donors? Do they hire Carl Bloom Associates to launch a direct mail campaign?
Uh-uh. No time.
The sentence that follows this one will be the most blasphemous concept that could ever be promulgated in the eyes of the ego-driven elitists who run art museums.
To get on its feet, MOCA needs only to sell two paintings from its permanent collection; fire the director; put some responsible, competent people on its board; suck it up and start over.
Sell two paintings out of its permanent collection?