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Re: [BKARTS] MOMO/Franklin Furnace Collection



It is nothing new, in fact, 10 years ago, when submitting something to
Printed Matter, if they refused to sell it, you could donate your (rejected)
book to the Franklin Furnace for inclusion in their collection!



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----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Thomas" <ktbooks77@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 3:05 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] MOMO/Franklin Furnace Collection


> Hello,
>
> I just read an announcment in the new issue of Book Arts Classifieds that
> has me a little disturbed. It says that the Franklin Furnace collection of
> aritst books has merged with MOMA's library collection. They now have an
> "open acquisitions policy" of accepting mutliples of artist books.
>
> This is very sad to me. It means that all one has to do is send them an
> aritst book and a resume and automatically that artist has a book in MOMA!
> Doesn't this cheapen the collection? And what about the rest of us who
have
> "sold" books to MOMA in the past and worked hard to make the sale. Does
that
> mean that our place in the collection is less valued?
>
> I just don't like the idea that any book artist can now have MOMA listed
on
> their collections resume regardless of the quality of work. What happen to
> curatorial oversight? It used to be that having MOMA on your resume was a
> point of pride.
>
> Is anyone else disturbed by this? Care to discuss?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kevin Thomas
>
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