The trustees and administrators of the Metropolitan Musem of Art have issued their review of Rogues’ Gallery. “A so-called ‘history’ of The Metropolitan Museum of Art that ignores its mission, and blurs the distinction between gossip and fact, is not only insensitive but highly misleading,” museum PR man Harold Holzer tells the New York Observer’s Reid Pillifant, who adds, “The Met declined to comment on Mr. Gross’s specific allegations.”
Some earlier, telling quotations from the museum’s $300,000-a-year mouthpiece:
— “The only kind of books we find even vaguely palatable are those we control.”
— “If we tell you we won’t cooperate, will you go away?”
— “We don’t want you probing and prodding the deepest recesses of the philanthropic and private lives of our trustees and donors.”