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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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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MoMA Acquires The Painting That Provoked Rudy Giuliani To Try To Shut Down The Brooklyn Museum

Billionaire Steve Cohen is donating Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “The canvas stirred controversy at the Brooklyn Museum during the 1999 ‘Sensation’ exhibition of works by the Young British Artists from the collection of advertising mogul Charles Saatchi. Giuliani criticized Ofili’s painting as an affront to Catholics. […]

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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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