Museums: New Guide for the Gettingest

The acquisitive philosophy of Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art is forthright: it will get the best, regardless of the envy of lesser museums, by spending vast effort and $1,000,000 a year to spot and buy good art. To this end it uses a learned and competitive director, plus 100 knowledgeable curators who constantly travel the world. Guiding the effort, by electing the director and curators, and balancing it, by curbing or encouraging them, is the job of the Met's 38-man board of trustees-and most particularly the president of the board.

Last week the Met got a new president who uniquely...

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