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Museum Skepticism: A History of the Display of Art in Public Galleries
In Museum Skepticism, art historian David Carrier traces the birth, evolution, and decline of the public art museum as an institution meant to spark democratic debate and discussion. Carrier contends that since the inception of the public art museum during the French Revolution, its development has depended on growth: on the expansion of collections, particularly to includ ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 31st 2006 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Museum Skepticism is a slow amble through a series of names, places, issues, paintings, historical figures, and cities about which I care deeply. The tone is extremely academic, but it had the familiar ring of various required readings from courses past. I was diving into this for pure pleasure. It provided lots of important opportunities for positive reflection. The book is a difficult read; inherently fighting with itself, exploring skepticism's relevance. I am giving it four stars, but can't ...more