These were the stories from the time of the Berkshire Museum’s $60 million reinvention plan announcement on July 12, 2017 to the last 2 works of art auctioned at Sotheby’s American art auction in New York on November 16, 2018.

The Berkshire Eagle

April 8, 2021
Lynn Villency Cohen: Remembering the Berkshire Museum saga
by Lynn Villency Cohen

March 22, 2021
Ruth Bass: Many stories mark decades of meeting Berkshire needs
by Ruth Bass

November 23, 2018
Alan Chartock | I, Publius: Museum’s art sale still stings; Trump v. Mueller nigh
by Alan Chartock

September 2, 2018
Berkshire Museum belongs to community
By Rosemary Starace, Hope Davis, and Sharon Gregory
Rosemary Starace of Pittsfield and Hope Davis and Sharon Gregory, both of Great Barrington, write on behalf of Save the Art — Save the Museum.

June 29, 2018
Alan Chartock | I, Publius:
Charting the hits and misses of Berkshire culture, politics

By Alan Chartock, The Berkshire Eagle
A Great Barrington resident, president and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and a professor emeritus of communications at SUNY-Albany

June 19, 2018
Lynn Villency Cohen:
Berkshire Museum drama is a complete sell-out

By Lynn Villency Cohen, Stockbridge
Art historian and writer

May 18, 2018
The Berkshire Eagle Opinion:
Healing wounds from Berkshire Museum art sale

By The Berkshire Eagle

May 2, 2018
‘Shaftsbury’ embodied ‘new vision’
By Carole Owens, Stockbridge, MA
A Berkshire writer and historian

April 30, 2018
James Moore: Museum’s violation of trust will have far reaching impact by James Moore, Albuquerque, NM, A trustee, Wichita Art Museum; coordinator, Art History program, Toledo Museum of Art, lecturer, Adjunct Faculty, Honors College, University of New Mexico; Collections Committee, National Hispanic Cultural Center; Director Emeritus, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

April 29, 2018
An olive branch cannot succeed if it bears no fruit
By Ruth Bass, Richmond
Former Sunday editor of The Eagle. Her website is

April 11, 2018
Linda Kaye-Moses: Art on a barren terrain
By Linda Kaye-Moses
An occasional Berkshire Eagle contributor

April 8, 2018
Lynn Villency Cohen: Justice failed the Berkshire community
By Lynn Villency Cohen, Stockbridge
An art historian and writer

February 16, 2018
Alan Chartock | I, Publius:
‘Compromise’ on art dispute fails the smell test

By Alan Chartock
A Great Barrington resident, is president and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and a professor emeritus of communications at SUNY-Albany

December 31, 2017
Our Opinion: Building a stronger 2018 in Berkshires
– The Berkshire Eagle

December 12, 2017
Our Opinion: A tail-wagging welcome for the Museum of Dog – The Berkshire Eagle

October 31, 2017
Our Opinion: Berkshire Museum, halt the art auction
– The Berkshire Eagle

October 25, 2017
An appeal to Berkshire Museum’s board
By Kevin Sprague
Owner and creative director of Studio Two, which hosts and manages
the Berkshire Museum website. He is a resident of Lenox and Miami

September 27, 2017
The ‘Alternate Vision’ for Berkshire Museum
By Timothy Cahill
A critic and writer who has covered art in the Berkshires for 35 years

September 16, 2017
The 40: Berkshire Museum works of art headed to auctionby Jennifer Huberdeau / Gathered here are images of the 40 works sent to auction by the Berkshire Museum, along with background information and auction details for each piece, when available. 

September 16, 2017
Lynn Villency Cohen: Museum ethically upends deaccessioning process
Lynn Villency Cohen chairs the Collections Committee at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2002.

July 31, 2017
Our Opinion: Lack of openness is undermining museum’s cause – by The Berkshire Eagle

July 12, 2017
Our Opinion: Berkshire Museum’s ambitious reboot
– by The Berkshire Eagle

The Boston Globe

March 14, 2018
Museum ‘compromise’ is a bad deal for Berkshire County
by Donald A. MacGillis
Donald A. MacGillis is a member of the Berkshire Museum

and a coplaintiff in one of the local groups opposed to the sale.

August 4, 2017
Norman Rockwell’s paintings belong in the Berkshires
by Geoffrey Rockwell and Margaret Rockwell
Geoffrey Rockwell is Norman Rockwell’s eldest grandson.

Margaret Rockwell is manager of the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.

April 18, 2018
The Berkshire Museum saga is headed toward a happy ending
by Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe Columnist

CAUSE & EFFECT – Felix Salmon Blog

August 2, 2017
Unsolicited advice for the Berkshire Museum
by Felix Salmon

July 18, 2017
Betraying Norman Rockwell
by Felix Salmon


August 2, 2018
The Deaccessioning Debate in Museums
Deaccessioning is the permanent removal of objects and art from a museum’s collection. It has been at the forefront of many discussions around public and private collections of late.

By Bob Beatty, Hyperallergic

May 31, 2018
Amid Protests, Berkshire Museum Sales Bring Over $40M, and Trustees Want More Sales of the most prized works from the museum’s collection netted over $40 million, but more will hit the auction block if the institution pursues its goal of making $55 million
By Timothy Cahill, Hyperallergic

April 13, 2018
Stop Treating the Berkshire Museum as a Sacred Space for Masterpieces, Locals like me don’t visit the Berkshire Museum to look at famous paintings. Why did 40 artworks become the center of a national controversy?
By Christopher Marcisz, Hyperallergic

April 5, 2018
Court OKs Berkshire Museum Plan to Sell Art by Calder, Bierstadt, Picabia, and Others Today’s ruling in the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County clears the way for Sotheby’s to auction off over three dozen works from the museum’s collection.
By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

February 20, 2018
Berkshire Museum Resolves Dispute with Norman Rockwell’s Sons, But Legal Battle Rages On Museum leaders and the Massachusetts Attorney General reached an agreement to keep Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” on public display, but opponents of the sale are petitioning the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

November 13, 2017
Opponents of Berkshire Museum Sales Protest Sotheby’s After a judge halted the sale of works from the museum’s collection, nearly a dozen protesters gathered in front of Sotheby’s to demand the return of the deaccessioned pieces
By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

November 10, 2017
Last-Minute Appeal Tries to Halt Berkshire Museum Art Auction [UPDATED]
On Friday, the AG’s office filed an appeal seeking a last-minute injunction to stop Monday’s auction of works from the Berkshire Museum collection at Sotheby’s

By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

November 7, 2017
Judge Green-Lights Berkshire Museum’s Sale of Most Valuable Works in Collection, Today, Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini ruled that the museum could auction off many of the most valuable works in its collection
By Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

November 2, 2017
The Berserk Battle Over the Berkshire Museum and Its Art Collection, This week, the state’s attorney general called for a temporary restraining order to block Sotheby’s from selling works from the museum’s collection.
By Felix Salmon, Hyperallergic

June 1, 2018
Berkshire Museum Case: Now “profoundly accessible” – yikes!
By Martin Gammon, President at Pergamon Art Group

May 3, 2018
Carol Diehl and Rosemary Starace:
Save the Art’s questions for the museum

By Carol Diehl and Rosemary Starace, Pittsfield
Carol Diehl of Housatonic and Rosemary Starace of Pittsfield
write for Save the Art — Save the Museum

Where art forgeries meet their
This article originally appeared in the New York Times, Anita Gates © 2018

April 6, 2018
The Berkshire Museum Case: A Time for Reflection
By Martin Gammon, President at Pergamon Art Group

Alan Chartock | I, Publius:
Coffee warnings unheeded, and other random musings

By Alan Chartock, Great Barrington
A Great Barrington resident, is president and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio

and a professor emeritus of communications at SUNY-Albany

January 22, 2018
Selling off paintings to keep admission prices low ignores museums’ mission
by Charles Desmarais / San Francisco Chronicle

July 26, 2017
Berkshire Museum to Dump Norman Rockwells
by James Gurney
Author is Dinotopia creator and illustrator


A grassroots citizens group established in 2017 with the intent of stopping the sale of the Berkshire Museum’s treasured art collection in order to find an alternate solution to its continued financial shortfall.


The mission of Save the Art is to advocate for and protect the Public Trust — the art and objects belonging to all of us that document humankind’s creative and social history through time.


We thank the Berkshire Eagle for their extensive investigative coverage, the journalists, op-ed writers and our community for their hundreds of letters of concern. In particular, STA applauds Larry Parnass, Investigations Editor, Berkshire Eagle, for his excellent coverage of the Berkshire Museum and achievement of the 2018 Outstanding Journalism award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.