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Christies Appraisal of Detroit's Art Collection Near Completion

Detroit spends $250,000 on art appraisal to satisfy rabid creditors

By: Zak Edwards
Published: October 9th, 2013 in News » World
A Christies appraiser at work

It seems the Detroit bankruptcy is putting a price tag on everything, even the city’s prestigious art collection.

Famous auction house Christies was hired to appraise the Detroit Institute of the Arts’ collection a few months ago, and is reportedly drawing to a close this week. The museum houses paintings from famous artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, and a number of famous Jewish artists, including Fredrick E. Cohen, all of which will be given a price tag in an evaluation of the city’s assets.

The Institute has showcased many Jewish projects, including a collaboration between photographers Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky that focuses on Polish Jews in the late 1930’s. According to Bloomberg, a "selected 38 of the museum’s masterpieces are worth at least $2.5 billion."

The assessment has drawn criticism from numerous groups, including art lovers and the general public, because of the implication that the art will move from public display to private collections and homes in a city already facing extreme poverty and loss of public facilities.

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr insists the preservation of the collection is a priority, saying that "Our goal is to preserve the value of all the city’s assets and make sure they are rationalized in a way that value can be returned to its citizens." Such a statement, however, does not promise the availability of art purchased and housed with the intent of public display, but such services to be met with an equivalency. The collection houses numerous unique and original pieces, however, which is why their worth is such a concern for Detroit’s creditors.

As Alaskan artist Rika Muow argued, "We all have the right to access art. It is a pity that it is being cut out of… a public institution like the DIA. It’s like death by a thousand cuts for the human spirit and human history." Going further, one protester has compared the appraisal, worrying about private buyers taking art out of public hands without their permission, to the Nazi Germany practice of stealing art from Jewish homes and forcing Jewish families to sell their art collections for severely reduced prices. "This art never belonged to Germany... This should not happen in Detroit."

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