Art Museum Sells White Art to Buy Black Art

May 4, 2018 by

I’m putting “art” in quotation marks as none of this is art. (Your tastes may vary.) But it is the inevitable next step in cultural racial virtue signaling.

Lots of museum leaders talk about wanting to diversify their collections. Christopher Bedford, the director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, is actually doing it—though not everyone may agree with his tactics.

Next month, the museum is due to sell off seven works from its collection by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and other 20th-century titans. The proceeds from the sale of these works by white men—a sum that could exceed $12 million—will be used to create a “war chest” to fund future acquisitions of cutting-edge contemporary art, specifically by women and artists of color.

That really adds up to selling “works” of random shapes and colors that have no aesthetic value for other works with random shapes and colors created by black people.

The only thing this properly highlights (aside from the absurdity of modern post-aesthetic art) is the pointless racialization of everything. I doubt anyone could look at the two examples being put forward by the Baltimore Museum of Art and decide which was the work of a white man and which was the work of a black man.

Truly modern art embodies Martin Luther King’s vision. It’s so full of random colors that it’s color blind.

But it’s the framing of the story, the compulsive virtue signaling that is no doubt the wave of the future. And it will no doubt have a “disparate impact” on the classical art collections of museums. Sell a Rembrandt and buy forty random triangles by an “artist of color” or an “artist of orientation” or an “artist of gender”. If aesthetic merit doesn’t matter, all that matters is the merit of ideas. And on the left that has already been defined as political merit. And political merit as identity politics.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable or appropriate for a museum like the BMA to speak to a city that is 64 percent black unless we reflect our constituents,” he says. “I think we are in a fortunate historical moment in that my existential urge to do something that matters, the constitution of Baltimore, and the most important artists working today all come together.”

How can art possibly speak to you unless you have the same skin color as the artist?

I love Rembrandt, even though I’m not a 17th century Dutchman. One of the highlights of my Washington D.C. trip was seeing the Rembrandts at the National Gallery of Art. But surely Rembrandt can’t speak to a majority black city like Washington D.C.

Source: Art Museum Sells White Art to Buy Black Art | Frontpage Mag

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