Museums: The Aristocrat

A good museum director must be a clever sleuth and a keen scholar, bold but tasteful, charlatan enough to fool his competitors, discreet in his dealings, a master charmer, a canny politician, greedy, and above all, always right in his purchases. Allowing for a bit of hyperbole, Sherman E. Lee of the Cleveland Museum of Art meets most elements of that prescription. Traveling 14,000 miles a year, he metaphorizes his annual buying foray into a military campaign: "One begins with strategy, continues with tactics, ends with responses to local situations." And, he...

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