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Self-Portrait with Donors by John Walker
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May 16, 2012

it was ok
Read from April 27 to May 16, 2012


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message 1: by Kate (last edited May 16, 2012 08:42AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kate So I read this book for work for context on Samuel H. Kress and the Kress Collection donation to the National Gallery of Art. But ohhhh, this book was painful to read because John Walker is a pompous elitist jerk, to put it mildly. By writing his story in his own words, he shoots himself in the foot. I know he is of a different generation, but when you say you would rather the "common people" don't come to your museum so they don't crowd it for the intelligent elite who truly appreciate art...I mean, come on. His cringe-inducing details of his life and dealing with donors was like a car crash--you just couldn't look away, the entitled attitude was just appalling. So yeah. If you want to read about what museum directors were like in the 1940s-60s, this will give you a good idea. If nothing else it will leave you grateful that directors these days approach museums with a different mindset.


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