Art Museums and the Modern Imaginary

Every so often Google’s search engine supplies me with reviews of my museums book which I have previously missed because they have appeared in obscure magazines or websites. Tonight, I was supplied with a review which I thought was amongst the more thoughtful responses to the book, saying, quite correctly, that it does not go far enough in reflecting on the current character and dilemmas of the museum. It’s true. I wrote the book to try and clarify in my own mind what was happening and the issues that museums faced; but I can’t, and didn’t try to, disguise that it was an insider’s account, helped, but also, in retrospect, perhaps a bit inhibited by that fact. Anyway, I like reading students’ examination and critique of it.


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