Museums Visitors Priced Out of Great Art

New Cezanne exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art may be impressive, but at $88 for a family of four, impossibly priced for the wealthy or the tourists. Art critic Tyler Green’s op-ed piece in the The Philadelphia Inquirer comments:

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s charge is part of an unfortunate trend that has museums seeing themselves as competing with for-profit entertainment businesses such as the local cineplex or professional baseball team. This is wrongheaded. The museum is a nonprofit that, according to its mission statement, exists to share its art, scholarship, and exhibitions with “an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.”

(By the way, he’ll be covering the show in a couple weeks on his blog, Modern Art Notes.)

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