Thursday, April 17, 2003
Mene Mene Tekel Parsin
9th Century Bronze Ewer
As shock over the looting of the Iraq National Museum ripples through the art world, the Bush administration has its first resignations over the matter.
According to today’s Washington Post:
Citing "the wanton and preventable destruction" of Iraq's National Museum of Antiquities, the chairman of the President's Advisory Committee on Cultural Property has submitted his resignation to President Bush. Another of the committee's nine members is also resigning over the issue…"While our military forces have displayed extraordinary precision and restraint in deploying arms -- and apparently in securing the Oil Ministry and oil fields -- they have been nothing short of impotent in failing to attend to the protection of [Iraq's] cultural heritage," Martin E. Sullivan wrote in the resignation letter that he sent Monday to the White House. The second committee resignation came from Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
ArtsJournal.com has many links dealing with the Iraq Museum debacle including 296 downloadable black and white photographs (many with a side view) of the more choice missing artifacts posted by the quirky and very euro TheArtNewspaper. Patience is required for the photos…a very slow site but one's patience is usually rewarded.
The ArtsJournal site can be a bit quirky as well with the occasional non functioning link but it is updated daily and culls papers from around the globe for articles relating to visual arts, music, people, theatre, publishing, media and dance.