Tuesday, June 20, 2006


True Liberation?

In my piece Hot Pots and Potshots, published in the April 2006 "Front Page" section of Art in America magazine, I noted that "a senior Getty official, requesting anonymity, hoped these negotiations [between Italian cultural officials and the Getty, over repatriation of antiquities] would have a 'positive impact' on [former antiquities curator Marion] True's legal woes, in addition to resolving the ownership status of disputed objects."

Today's NY Times seems to indicate that True, on trial for trafficking in looted objects, might just get a break:
On Monday [Italian Culture Minister Francesco] Rutelli seemed to suggest that prosecutors would be willing to take cooperation by the Getty into account in pressing [or not pressing?] their case against Ms. True.

A collective sigh of relief may soon be heard from curators across the land.

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