May 17, 2019 – After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s sale of its Rothko, we discuss the principles that guide deaccessioning in the US and speak to activists about the Whitney vice-chairman’s problematic link to a weapons manufacturer
June 11, 2018 – Katie and Steve give an update on the first round of auction sales as part of the Berkshire Museum’s court sanctioned deaccessioning plan. They discuss the results of the sales, the museum’s current stance, and where that leaves us (hint: dissatisfied).
April 18, 2018 – Katie and Steve update listeners on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision approving the settlement reached between the Attorney General and the Berkshire Museum, which allows the Museum to sell 40 of its most valuable works of art through Sotheby’s with some (minor) conditions. Katie and Steve go over the terms of the settlement and discuss their reservations about the form (if not substance) of this resolution.
Bonus Episode: Berkshire Museum Update, Settlement Approved
February 13, 2018 – After intervening in the Berkshire Museum’s planned sale of $60-million worth of art works, including paintings by Norman Rockwell, the Massachusetts Attorney General reached a settlement with the museum that allows for the potential sale of all 40 works included in the institution’s original plans.
Meanwhile opponents of the museum’s sale are weighing their options and considering further legal action.
In this edition of the Berkshire Eagle podcast, host Mark Mills speaks with Eagle reporter Larry Parnass about the agreement between the museum and the attorney general, issues that have been raised by the controversy and the museum’s evolving mission, which is to be financed by proceeds from the art sale.
August 31, 2017 – Last month, a new row broke out in the art world around the Berkshire Museum’s decision to auction off 40 works by artists such as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder to pay for a renovation and boost their endowment. But this latest controversy represents just one installment in the long-running debate about “deaccessioning,” or the disposal of objects from a museum’s collection.
On this episode, we’re joined by law professor Brian L. Frye who walks us through the history of the regulations surrounding deaccessioning and how it became the hot-button issue it is today. The Artsy Podcast, No. 46: When Museums Sell Their Art, Where Should the Money Go?