January 27, 2009

State of their art

So much bad economic news the last few days that I can't - or won't - even begin to digest it.

But then I read about this. Brandeis University is unloading a pretty impressive collection of fine art as a cost-saving move. Now, as sad news goes, this doesn't compare with the tens of thousands of jobs lost so far this week. Not by a longshot. But amid all of the other gloom, the Brandeis story stands out as a particularly bad sign of the shape we're in.

I mean, I've heard of massive layoffs before. Not sure I've heard of a top-tier university - one with an endowment that's probably still around a half-billion dollars - hocking its paintings in order to make payroll.

So, dude: Anyone need a Warhol?


bugs said...

I saw this this morning. Maybe I can get me some more art!
It is terrible, however. Really. It's a sad state of affairs.
(How do I register to buy this stuff, though?! Seriously. I'm game! Win. Win.)

Your escalator operator said...

I don't know, but maybe there's a store called Modern Art 4 Less or something. They'd probably make ya' a good deal.