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James Cuno: "the lone voice in the wilderness"

I see that James Cuno presents himself in the New York Times as "the lone voice in the wilderness". But he needs to see how he has failed to obtained a balanced view over the acquisition of recently surfaced antiquities. He should read my review of Whose Culture? a volume that could be considered partial and partisan.

Interestingly Cuno's colleague at the Getty, Tim Potts also has a view on the debate: “It has become an article of faith that any form of trade in cultural items is bad”. In the same review of Whose Culture? I asked what had happened to his voice, especially as he was recorded as the co-organiser. Perhaps he would like to comment on some of the acquisitions he made and why one had to be returned to the vendor. What is the full account?

Perhaps the trade in cultural items is not as good as he would like us to believe it is.

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