Donor Saves Canada’s National Gallery From Having To Sell Painting

The National Gallery announced on Thursday it will not pay a penalty itself for withdrawing the 1929 work The Eiffel Tower from auction, the proceeds of which it had planned to use to buy a Jacques-Louis David painting from a Quebec church. The gallery said an unidentified donor had agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Christie’s […]

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When Changing The Museum’s Collection Means Letting Go Of (Some) Warhols And Other Works By White Guys

The Baltimore Museum of Art has plenty of art by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Kline, and other artists, but it’s selling some of their works in order to fund the purchase of art by artists of color both male and female, and by women of all races. Why? “The massive overrepresentation of white, male artists is a […]

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Controversial Statue Of Stephen Foster In Pittsburgh Comes Down

“The move followed an October decision by the Pittsburgh Art Commission, which found that the statue should be removed within six months and hosted in a private, ‘properly contextualized’ location. Many residents have held that the sculpture – showing a shoeless African-American banjo player seated at the famed composer’s feet – is condescending or outright […]

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After The Sale Of A Rockwell, The Berkshire Museum May Get Its Local Government Grant Back

The Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, frozen in September when the museum decided to deaccession and sell some of its art, represents a tiny fraction of the money that’s coming in from art sales. But, after a bruising fight, the museum wants the money anyway. A state representative says, “These are funds paid for by the […]

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Stop Fussing About The Berkshire Museum’s Sale Of Paintings As If The Place Were A Sacred Temple To Art

Christopher Marcisz makes the case that people don’t go to the Berkshire Museum for art (the area has better art museums already) and barely remember the paintings they see there. People – schoolkids and families, mostly – go for the natural history and science exhibits, and money from the paintings sold will give those exhibits […]

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Building Owners Are Making Fortunes From Banksy Works

In a world where Banksy street-pieces — essentially, illegally created public art — cut from buildings can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars, proprietary domain is a hot-button issue. Legally, according to attorney Eric Baum, who represented artists in litigation involving the 5 Pointz mural space in Long Island City, “The owner of the building […]

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