Critics say museum's artistic standards will suffer if it lends its Monet collection to a gallery in Las Vegas's Bellagio casino.
Hey, if you thought we were classy because we got Picasso baby, wait until you see our Monets! That's class baby!
In 1863, when Monet participated in the first Salon Des Refuses, the "establishment" didn't even consider his work to be art. What were the MFA's "standards" when they acquired their first Monet? (According to the MFA's website, the earliest Monet accession seems to have been in 1906.)
It's all relative.
What the article didn't mention was that Steve Wynn is putting on the Monet show because he has a large collection of the artist's pieces he's trying to SELL. He figures that putting on a show with Boston's large collection of works is a great way to raise the profile of his sale, as well as make more money from admission. The $1 mill he's paying Boston's MFA is pennies compared to what he's going to make from the whole thing. (Read this in newsweek a couple of weeks ago).
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