We’ve heard a lot of disappointing news lately about how the economy is hurting art museums. From plans to close the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University to impending layoffs at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (as reported yesterday in The New York Times).
So I was glad to read of a more playful way to connect art and the economy in the current issue of Newsweek. The ideas of British economist John Maynard Keynes, dead for 62 years, are back in vogue, it seems, as President Obama’s economic team attempts to fix the planet. You can learn all about Keynes and the cool crowd he ran with, the Bloomsbury Group, at the exhibition on view now at the Nasher Museum. “A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections,” features paintings, works on paper, decorative arts and book arts made by this small group of artists.
Image: Roger Fry, “Maynard Keynes,” c. 1916. Pen and ink on paper. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Private collection