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The Met to Sell Over 300 Chinese Artworks to Fund New Acquisitions
This September, the Metropolitan Museum of Art plans to sell over 300 works of Chinese art during Sotheby’s Asia Week. The collection was gifted to the museum by Florence and Herbert Irving and the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Irving Acquisition Fund. The Irvings donated 1,300 works to the museum’s Department of Asian Arts in 2015 with the understanding that the Met could sell any of the works in order to acquire pieces in the future.
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Art Dealer Andrea Rosen Donates Her Gallery Archives to the Smithsonian
Veteran art dealer Andrea Rosen has donated her archives to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. In 2017, Rosen surprised the art world by announcing that she would close her physical spaces and no longer represent living artists. Having opened her gallery in SoHo in 1990, Rosen’s records provide a dynamic account of New York City’s art world in the 1990s and early aughts. The records include photos from installations, dinner, and art fairs; correspondence, checklists, price lists, and press clippings. Some of the artists included in the archives are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andrea Zittel. Rosen’s records will join those of 200 other famous dealers including Leo Castelli Gallery and Betty Parsons Gallery.
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di Rosa Center Under Fire for Plans to Sell Off Its Collection of Bay Area Art
125 art world professionals signed an open letter to the di Rosa Collection Center for Contemporary Art in Napa, CA denouncing its plans to deaccession its 1,600-work collection of postwar art from Northern California to fund an endowment. The letter’s signers include 60 artists who have work in the collection, and calls for the center to find another home for it that will keep the collection intact. The center’s board announced its decision to gradually sell the collection to fund an endowment that will lead the institution toward a sustainable future. This decision would also reduce the collection’s holdings to just a few hundred works.
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