American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove and sell (a work of art) from a museum's collection, especially in order to purchase other works of art: "He also denied that ... friends of the museum were permitted to buy ... pieces that were deaccessioned” ( New York Times).
- v. To remove a work of art from a museum's collection and sell it.
- v. To officially remove an object from a museum, art gallery or library so that it may be sold.
- n. The disposal of objects in this way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to sell (artwork); -- used of sales of art by museums.
- v. sell (art works) from a collection, especially in order to raise money for the purchase of other art works
“If a museum has to sell -- or "deaccession" -- something, so says the 18,000-member American Association of Museums (of which the Rose is a member), the money should be used exclusively for the purchase of new objects for the collection.”
“In what has become an all-too-common practice in the art world, this plan will include the sale, or "deaccession," of 50 works from the museum's permanent collection, among them a Jackson Pollock drawing valued at $300,000 to $500,000 and several Hudson River School and American Impressionist works with estimates ranging from $25,000 to $300,000, according to a prospectus prepared by Christie's.”
“Museums generally "deaccession" works of art to use the proceeds to buy other works of art, and the Board of Regents already prohibits some museums from selling art to cover other costs.”
“It said the museum had satisfied its concerns by making a commitment "not to deaccession works in its collection as a means of generating operating support at any point in the future.”
“Also put up db of works planning to deaccession as well as ones have deaccession.”
“He has the uncomfortable feeling that he shilling for deaccession but they're really just trying to be transparent about process.”
“Next process is to link funds from deaccession to artworks acquired with funds from its sale.”
“The four works at Christie's had been considered for deaccession for some time — because curators felt that we had more important examples by these artists from the respective periods — and the timing was right for us considering the recent availability of a work by Kazimir Malevich.”
“On top of recommending the council sell, or "strategically deaccession", artworks to make it more financially sustainable, the report suggests amalgamating the art collections of the organisation with those of the government and the British Council.”
“Art museums will insist donors give them the option to deaccession, and, conversely, donors will demand ironclad agreements that museums will never sell," says art consultant Richard Polsky, author of the book I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon).”
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