Tuesday, December 08, 2015
US GOVERNMENT - Christmas 2015
1. NEW YORK — Private Museums Tax Status Gets Examined by Senators: The Senate Finance Committee is looking into some dozen private museums owned by individual collectors, asking if their tax-exempt status is deserved or not by their larger public benefit. The Brandt Foundation Art Study Center, Glenstone Museum, and Eli and Edythe Broad Museum are among the establishments coming under scrutiny. [NYT]
3. WASHINGTON DC November 30, 2015. The Committee for Cultural Policy.. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, which purports to “protect and preserve” antiquities in regions of crises, needs serious reworking before the Senate takes up the measure. As it is written, the bill does not have a firm factual basis for its assumptions – and without the real facts it will never be able to achieve its worthy goals. In short, by accepting without question the media hyperbole and discredited, phony numbers for ISIS’ trade in looted art – Congress will let slip the opportunity to focus on the true funding sources for terrorism.
H.R. 1493/S.1887 opens the door to a one-sided US policy that ignores the needs of US museums, collectors, and small businessmen and women. It will encourage anti-art trade activists to make every political upheaval around the globe into an excuse to stop the trade in cultural goods. As written, the proposed legislation is simply a recipe for dismantling the lawful trade in antique, ethnographic, and ancient art. The bill creates a new Coordinating Committee on International Cultural Property
H.R. 1493/S.1887 should be “tweaked” so the new State Department bureaucracy that is proposed is more inclusive. More .. http://committeeforculturalpolicy.org/protect-and-preserve-international-cultural-property-act-h-r-1493s-1887-saving-syrian-antiquities-or-crushing-the-legitimate-art-trade/