Against Deaccessioning Rules

24 Pages Posted: 19 May 2020 Last revised: 18 Aug 2020

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: April 22, 2020


This article surveys the rules that professional organizations have promulgated governing the deaccessioning of works of art by art museums and concludes that that those rules are unjustified. Specifically, it argues that deaccessioning rules prohibiting museums from deaccessioning works of art for the purpose of generating revenue are not justified and are inconsistent with the legal duties of board members. It argues that museums should sell art when it is in the best interests of the museum.

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., Against Deaccessioning Rules (April 22, 2020). Creighton Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 461, 2020, Available at SSRN: or

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