Manet and the Blockbuster

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The press kit for the blockbuster “Manet and the Sea” show (coming to the PMA February 15) arrived a while back and I tucked it away knowing I’d go to the press preview. Then I forgot all about it until today when I read a most interesting proposal on how to view a blockbuster show (or how NOT to view one) in Terry Teachout‘s blog post “When Size Matters.”

Teachout’s idea that museums should raffle off tickets to regular Joes and Janes for private viewings of blockbuster shows is just too good. Some forward-thinking museum should run with it quick. Thanks Modern Art Notes for the heads up. (image is Manet’s “Port of Calais,” 1868)

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