For all the ripping off of blogs the mainstream media does (see Adam Gaffin’s Universal Hub takedown of the Boston Globe last week), sometimes the MSM actually does the right thing.
Saturday’s New York Times item about the art world’s Super Bowl smackdown:
It’s not only mayors and inveterate gamblers who place bets on the Super Bowl — art museums do, too. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the big game on Feb. 7: if the New Orleans Saints win, the Indianapolis museum will send “The Fifth Plague of Egypt” — that is, the landscape from its collection painted by J.M.W. Turner in 1800 — to the New Orleans museum, which gets to hang it for three months. If the Indianapolis Colts prevail, the New Orleans institution will send the painting “Ideal View of Tivoli,” a 1644 work by Claude Lorrain, to Indianapolis for three months.
And here’s the bloggy shot:
The Times-Picayune said the bet was instigated by Tyler Green, who writes the Modern Art Notes blog for artsjournal.com, and who helped egg on some tongue-in-cheek trash talk between the museums’ directors.
Yeah, me neither.