(Globe Staff/Essdras M. Suarez)
The debate continues over Brandeis's deal with Sotheby's auction house as the university tries to make money off its art without actually selling its art. And the consensus? There is none.
Last week, Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Knight tweeted that "Brandeis U. is deluded if it thinks a 'Rose Museum rental plan' will repair damage to its blemished reputation." ARTINFO's Tyler Green remains unhappy with our (okay, my) language in referring to the potential for "loans" for a fee through Sotheby's. Clearly, it's a rental, he writes. (All right, Tyler. Let's just say that Brandeis is looking to make loans for money, which can certainly be called rentals. Peace?)
CultureGrrl Lee Rosenbaum, of ArtsJournal and the Huffington Post, is none to pleased at the Sotheby's proposal. Responding to Saturday's story, Rosenbaum supports both the artists who protested Brandeis's unwillingness to sign a legal agreement promising to never sell art and James Rosenquist, the renowned pop artist who has stepped in to show works at the Rose.
In Brandeis's corner? Attorney Donn Zaretsky praises Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Director Peter Marzio for his comments and also endorsing the university's exploration of non-sale alternatives. Judith Dobrzynski at Real Clear Arts states that "loans are better than sales any day."