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ESSAYS

PERSPECTIVE

A Fine Mess!

As art museums agonize over funding and visitor numbers, tail wags dog to eclipse the richness and diversity of the art they are supposed to celebrate.

by DAVID ELLIOTT

ILLUSTRATIONS BY SAHAR BAHARLOO.

We all seem to have gotten used to living in a Kafkaesque world in which public institutions are governed by shadowy pseudo-professionals: managers who have little knowledge of or regard for the institutions that they administer. Hospitals, museums, schools or broadcasting—they are all run the same way. Management has become elevated as a skill in itself…

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