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ARTFORUM

January 31, 2019
JEFF RODGERS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

October 1, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM TO AUCTION MORE WORKS

July 3, 2018
ACTIVISTS CONTINUE TO PROTEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM ART SALES

June 28, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN

June 26, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM TO SELL NINE MORE WORKS FROM ITS COLLECTION

May 25, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM AND LA SALLE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM FACE SANCTIONS FOR SELLING ARTWORKS

May 24, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM FALLS SHORT OF $55 MILLION GOAL AFTER FIRST ROUND OF AUCTIONS

April 11, 2018
LUCAS MUSEUM REVEALED AS BUYER OF PRIZED NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING

April 6, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM WINS LEGAL BATTLE OVER PLAN TO SELL ARTWORKS

February 9, 2018
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S PLANS TO AUCTION ARTWORKS APPROVED BY MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL

November 13, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS APPEALS COURT ISSUES INJUNCTION AGAINST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S SALE OF ARTWORKS  

November 8, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S DEACCESSION OF ARTWORKS

October 31, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL ATTEMPTS TO HALT BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S SALE OF ARTWORKS

October 17, 2017
NORMAN ROCKWELL’S FAMILY TRIES TO STOP BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S SALE OF ARTIST’S WORKS

September 7, 2017
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM SEVERS TIES WITH SMITHSONIAN OVER CONTROVERSIAL SALE OF ARTWORKS

August 31, 2017
MASSACHUSETTS REVIEWS BERKSHIRE MUSEUM’S PLAN TO SELL FORTY ARTWORKS

August 30, 2017
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM DECLINES $1 MILLION GIFT FROM ANONYMOUS DONORS

July 25, 2017
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM FACES UPROAR OVER SALE OF ARTWORKS FROM COLLECTION



ARTNET NEWS

August 27, 2018
Opinion / The Gray Market: Why the Debate Over Deaccessioning Might Really Be a Debate About America (and Other Insights) – by Tim Schneider / Our columnist digs back through American history to ask whether public opinion about deaccessioning is just a stand-in for something bigger

May 25, 2018
Art and Law / Museum Directors’ Association to Impose Sanctions on the Berkshire Museum and La Salle University Art Museum
– by Eileen Kinsella / The Berkshire Museum and La Salle University face sanction from the Association of Art Museum Directors

May 23, 2018
Auctions / Amid Protests, Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Sales at Sotheby’s Fall Short of Expectations – by Caroline Goldstein & Eileen Kinsella / Norman Rockwell hits its mark, but a $5 million Frederic Church fails to sell

April 11, 2018
Market / George Lucas’s Museum Has Bought Norman Rockwell’s Beloved ‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’ From the Berkshire Museum / The painting likely sold for around $25 million
– by Eileen Kinsella & Caroline Goldstein

April 5, 2018
Art World / The Berkshire Museum Gets the Final Green Light to Sell Works From Its Collection, Ending a Long-Running Saga
– by Julia Halprin / Massachusetts’s highest court has approved a deal finalized in February between the museum and the state’s attorney general

December 13, 2017
Opinion / Secret Documents Reveal How the Berkshire Museum Manipulated Its Board Into Liquidating Its Collection / The documents show how the museum’s leadership convinced the board to sell off 40 works—and made them think they had no choice in the matter
– by Felix Salmon

October 30, 2017
Massachusetts Attorney General Calls for a Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Berkshire Museum Sale / A judge will make a final decision on November 1st by Eileen Kinsella / She says evidence suggests that the museum “understood at the time Rockwell donated the art that the pieces were his favorite oil paintings” and that his gift was motivated, at least in part, by a hope that they would remain on view in the Berkshires.

October 13, 2017
Legal Threats Mount for Berkshire Museum as Deaccession Controversy Rages On / With only a month to go before the sale, the Massachusetts attorney general and community activists are stepping upby Henri Neuendorf


ARTNEWS – Battle in the Berkshires

November 27, 2018
Berkshire Museum Completes Controversial, Contested Art Sales, Netting $53.3 M.
– by Andrew Russeth

June 28, 2018
Berkshire Museum Director Who Led Artwork Sell-Off Will Retire
– by Andrew Russeth

June 25, 2018
Short of $55 M. Goal, Berkshire Museum Earmarks Nine More Works for Sale
– by Andrew Russeth

May 25, 2018
Association of Art Museum Directors Sanctions Berkshire Museum, La Salle University Art Museum Over Art Sales – by Andrew Russeth

May 24, 2018
Berkshire Museum’s Frederic Church Painting Sells to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – by Andrew Russeth

May 23, 2018
‘We Are Disappointed but Not Surprised’: After First Round of Sales, Berkshire Museum Pulls in $42 M., Below $55 M. Goal – by Andrew Russeth

May 16, 2018
Lucas Museum to Begin Loan of ‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’—Painting at Center of Berkshire Museum Firestorm—to Norman Rockwell Museum in June
– by Andrew Russeth

May 10, 2018
Group Opposed to Berkshire Museum Sell-Off Plans Sotheby’s Protest
– by Andrew Russeth

April 10, 2018
With Legal Barriers Cleared, Berkshire Museum Marks 13 Works for Sale at Sotheby’s – by Andrew Russeth

April 5, 2018
Berkshire Museum Sell-Off Approved by Top Massachusetts Court, Ending Lengthy Legal Battle – by Andrew Russeth

March 15, 2018
Hearing Set on Berkshire Museum Sales in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
– by Andrew Russeth

February 9, 2018
Berkshire Museum Victory: Massachusetts Attorney General Agrees to Art Sales, With Rockwell Going to Public Institution, Some Conditions – by Andrew Russeth

January 29, 2018
Massachusetts Attorney General Nears Completion of Berkshire Museum Probe
– by Andrew Russeth

December 13, 2017
As Attorney General’s Investigation Continues, Judge Extends Pause on Berkshire Museum Sale – by Andrew Russeth

November 20, 2017
Vision Quest: The Berkshire Museum Will Stop at Nothing to Sell Its Art, Including a Masterpiece by Norman Rockwell – by Andrew Russeth

November 10, 2017
Massachusetts Appeals Court Pauses Berkshire Museum Sale – by Andrew Russeth

November 7, 2017
Judge Denies Motion to Halt Berkshire Museum Sale at Sotheby’s
–by Andrew Russeth

November 1, 2017
In Contentious Hearing, Lawyers Battle Over Berkshire Museum Sell-Off
by Andrew Russeth

October 31, 2017
Two Become One: Court Will Hear Both Challenges to Berkshire Museum Case on Wednesdayby Andrew Russeth

October 30, 2017
Citing ‘Significant Questions and Concerns,’ Massachusetts Attorney General Asks Court to Stop Berkshire Museum Sale for Further Studyby Andrew Russeth / The “unprecedented sale,” the AGO argues, “is tantamount to the Museum abandoning its essence, one of its principal activities of promoting art.”

October 26, 2017
Second Suit Against Berkshire Museum Aims to Stop ‘Liquidation Sale’
– by Andrew Russeth

October 24, 2017
Berkshire Museum Director to Go on Medical Leave – by Andrew Russeth

October 23, 2017
Group Fighting Berkshire Museum Art Sale Plans Protest, Fundraiser
by Andrew Russeth

October 20, 2017
Norman Rockwell’s Sons Sue Berkshire Museum, Seeking Halt to Sotheby’s Sale
by Andrew Russeth

October 16, 2017
Aiming to Halt Berkshire Museum Sales, Rockwell Family Meets with Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office by Andrew Russeth

September 6, 2017
Sotheby’s Releases Prices for Controversial Sale of Works from Berkshire Museum, Rockwell Estimated at $20 M. to $30 M. – by Nate Freeman

July 25, 2017
Museum Alliance and Directors Group Issue Open Letter Criticizing Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Planby Alex Greenberger


THE ART NEWSPAPER

November 19, 2018
Downright quirky appetite for American masters at Sotheby’s / A monumental painting of the American West by Emanuel Leutze breaks records while works by Rockwell and Hopper flop by Brian Allen

June 25, 2018
The Berkshire Museum to sell nine more works from its collection / The institution failed to meet its $55m target at last month’s auctions
Gabriella Angeleti

May 24, 2018
Berkshire Museum’s $8.1m Norman Rockwell leads American art auctions, despite deaccessioning controversy / The US artist dominated the top prices during New York sales series, where the commercial appeal of attractive subjects showed through in pricesby Brian Allen

April 11, 2018
George Lucas gives Rockwell fans new hope with acquisition of Shuffleton’s Barbershop / The work will first goes on loan in Massachusetts and possibly elsewhereby Helen Stoilas

April 5, 2018
Supreme Court Justice greenlights Berkshire Museum’s art sale / The institution can now go ahead with plans to auction works from its collection to raise up to $55m for a renovationby Helen Stoilas

March 27, 2018
George Lucas tells a new story at the Museum of Narrative Art / Construction has launched on the $1bn non-profit project, built to be “the world’s most inclusive and accessible art museum”
by Victoria Stapley-Brown

March 9, 2018
The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults / Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial troubleby Martin Gammon

February 9, 2018
Berkshire Museum and Massachusetts Attorney General reach deal to allow sale of works / If approved by the court, Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be bought by an unnamed US museum, and the other works sold in stagesby James H. Miller

February 5, 2018
Auction houses must share the blame for university sell-offs / Christie’s sale of 46 works from La Salle collection will diminish the museum and its academic programme by Brian Allen

January 30, 2018
Massachusetts Attorney General asks for short extension of injunction against Berkshire Museum sale / The state’s investigation into the board’s controversial deaccessioning plan could be wrapping up within a week
by James H. Miller

January 4, 2018
US university museum announces controversial sell-off / Christie’s sale of 46 works from La Salle collection, by artists such as Matisse and Degas, has angered arts professionalsby Gareth Harris

November 15, 2017
Quality as well as quantity in short supply at Sotheby’s sale of American art / Where a museum’s Rockwells had sparked interest in a flagging category, the removal of key lots from the sale dampened spirits by Brian Allen

November 10, 2017
Massachusetts Appeals Court grants injunction to block Berkshire Museum sale / The successful Hail Mary pass came just before deaccessioned works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, were due to be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Mondayby James H. Miller and Helen Stoilas

November 8, 2017
Berkshire Museum art sale to go ahead / A judge in Massachusetts has denied two motions to block next week’s auctions of deaccessioned worksby Helen Stoilas

October 31, 2017
Massachusetts Attorney General supports request for restraining order against Berkshire Museum / A court will decide this week whether to temporarily halt the sale of 40 works at Sotheby’s
by Victoria Stapley-Brown

October 20, 2017
Norman Rockwell’s sons file temporary restraining order in Massachusetts court / Two works by their father are among 40 that were due to be sold by the Berkshire Museumby Victoria Stapley-Brown

September 6, 2017
Sotheby’s releases sales dates and estimates of works from Berkshire Museum / The auction house will offer works from the Massachusetts museum, including two major Rockwell paintings, starting 13 November and running through next springby Gabriella Angeleti

July 24, 2017
Berkshire Museum courts censure from museums groups with plan to sell 40 works / Among the objects to be auctioned for the endowment and refurbishment are two paintings by Norman Rockwell
by Gabriella Angeleti, Helen Stoilas


CAUSE & EFFECT – Unfucking the World – Felix Salmon

October 4, 2017
The arrogant, unaccountable, and dishonest Berkshire Museum / So here’s a message to everybody who still remains on the board: It’s not too late. Stop this while you can. For the sake of the museum, for the sake of your community, and for the sake of all other museums, everywhere else in America

August 23, 2017
The Berkshire Museum’s operating deficits

August 21, 2017
The Berkshire Museum’s financials

August 2, 2017
Unsolicited advice for the Berkshire Museum / Shuffleton’s Barbershop is not, as has been stated, a redundant Rockwell, a footnote to the superb collection down the road at the Norman Rockwell Museum. It is, rather, a unique masterpiece and one of Rockwell’s very best paintings that he gifted to the Berkshire Museum and the people of Berkshire County for education and enjoyment

October 23, 2017
Deaccessioning: The good, the bad, and the illegal

July 18, 2017
Betraying Norman Rockwell


CultureGrrl – Lee Rosenbaum’s Cultural Commentary

November 27, 2018
Vision Transfusion? Berkshire Museum Stops Hemorrhaging Art

May 31, 2018
Berkshire Museum’s Murky “Transparency”: Parsing the Half-Truths in Its “Open Letter”

June 28, 2018
What’d I Miss? News Flashes from the Berkshire Museum & Frick Collection

May 25, 2018
AAMD Sanctions Berkshire Museum and La Salle University Art Museum (& what it should do next)

May 24, 2018
“Shaftsbury” Shafted; Church Besmirched: The Berkshire Museum’s Lose-Lose Auctions

April 25, 2018
An Educated Guess: What Did the Lucas Museum Pay for Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop”?

April 11, 2018
Berkshire Blurbs: Lucas Museum Buys “Shuffleton’s”; Sotheby’s Lowers Some Estimates

April 10, 2018
Market Madness: Sotheby’s to Auction 13 Berkshire Museum Works this May

April 5, 2018
Deaccession Dejection: Court Allows Berkshire Museum Sales (UPDATED 5Xs)

March 21, 2018
Why Did the Attorney General Cave in Berkshire Museum Case? My Q&A with the Rockwells’ Lawyer

March 20, 2018
Berkshire Museum in Court: Pointed Questions, No Resolution (plus, a push for a deaccession law)

March 19, 2018
Court Hearing/Protest Demonstration: Crucial Week in Berkshire/La Salle Deaccession Deliberations

February 9, 2018
Berkshire Debacle: The Attorney General Caves

February 5, 2018
Berkshire Museum Saga: Proposed Agreement to Resolve Art-Sale Dispute Expected Soon in Court UPDATED

December 13, 2017
Time to Rethink: Court Extends Injunction Preventing Berkshire Museum Disposals

December 11, 2017
Deal Revealed: Berkshire Museum Makes Public Its Consignment Agreement with Sotheby’s UPDATED

December 7, 2017
Attorney General Asks to Extend Preliminary Injunction Preventing Berkshire Museum Sales

November 27, 2017
False Dichotomy: Boston Globe’s Deaccession-or-Die Editorial on the Berkshire Museum UPDATED

November 14, 2017
Strange Interlude: Al Jazeera Interviews Me About the Berkshire Museum (with video)

November 11, 2017
Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Debacle: Reactions of the Protagonists & Antagonists

November 10, 2017
News Flash: Massachusetts Appeals Court Delays Berkshire Museum Sales

November 10, 2017
News Flash: Massachusetts Attorney General Files Appeals Court Motion to Enjoin Monday’s Berkshire Museum Sales

November 7, 2017
“Tepid Investigation” by the AG: Judge Permits Berkshire Museum Sales

November 2, 2017
Berkshire Bombshells: Revelations in the Attorney General’s Berkshire Museum Brief

November 1, 2017
After Inconclusive Hearing, Attorney General Steps In as Possible Plaintiff in Berkshire Museum Case

November 1, 2017
Deaccession Obsession: AG Enters the Fray; Compendium of My Berkshire Museum Commentary UPDATED

October 26, 2017
Parsing the Arguments: Second Lawsuit and Reply Brief Filed Today on Berkshire Museum’s Art Sales

October 24, 2017
News Flash: Berkshire Museum’s Head on Medical Leave; 21 of 40 Consignments Pulled from Sotheby’s Auctions

October 20, 2017
Berserk in the Berkshires: Lawsuit Filed Against Berkshire Museum Sales UPDATED TWICE

October 10, 2017
New Yorker’s Bad Role Model for Berkshire Museum: NY Historical Society’s “Responsible” Sales

October 4, 2011
BlogBack: Timothy Cahill, Regional Art Writer, on Berkshire Museum’s Decline (& how it should regroup)

September 27, 2017
CultureGrrl Video: My Opinionated Tour of the Embattled Berkshire Museum

September 7, 2017
Berserk in the Berkshires: Museum’s Perverse Plan Underscores Need for Government Regulations

September 6, 2017
Breaking (& heartbreaking): Sotheby’s Releases Checklist & Price Estimates of Berkshire Museum Disposals UPDATED

September 6, 2017
How to Save the Berkshire Museum: A Roadmap Provided by the Endangered Danforth Art Museum

August 11, 2017
Save the Forsaken 40! Protest March Tomorrow by Opponents of Berkshire Museum’s Art Sales UPDATED

August 1, 2017
Memo to Berkshire Museum: Homeless National Academy Suspends Its School, Slashes Price for Its Posh Digs

July 25, 2017
“Deeply Opposed”: Joint Statement by AAMD & AAM Blasts Berkshire Museum’s Planned Art Sales UPDATED TWICE

July 24, 2017
Berkshire Museum Disposables: Bierstadts, Bouguereaus, Calders, Church, Inness, “George Washington”

July 21, 2017
“Public Trust” Bust: Berkshire Museum to Jettison 40 Works (including 2 artist-donated Rockwells) UPDATED

August 18, 2017
Berkshire Bumble: Director’s Letter Reveals Focus Groups Kept in the Dark About Planned Art Sales


HYPERALLERGIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


November 21, 2017
There’s More at Stake in the Berkshire Museum Sale Than 40 Artworks
– Nicholas M. O’Donnell, Artsy / Art Market / Nicholas M. O’Donnell is a litigation partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP in Boston and New York. He is the author of the recent book A Tragic Fate—Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art / The author represents a group of members of the Berkshire Museum that has sued to prevent the sale of the works of art it has proposed to auction.

November 13, 2017
Sotheby’s American Art catalog

October 4, 2017
Masterworks Draw Crowds During Three Part Tour of TexasSotheby’s

October 4, 2017
The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Countryby Felix Salmon, The New Yorker, Culture Desk

August 30, 2017
The Berkshire Museum Is ‘Under Review’ for Planned Sale, Massachusetts Attorney General Confirms / The high-profile sale has attracted the attention of state authorities. by Eileen Kinsella, artnet news

July 31, 2017
Should a Museum Be Allowed to Sell $50 Million of Work to Keep the Lights On?
by Anna Louie Sussman, Artsy / Art Market

July 28, 2017
Berkshire Museum’s Sale of Blockbuster Works Prompts BacklashArtsy

July 24, 2017
Berkshire Museum courts censure from museums groups with plan to auction 40 works – C8G. / the cure8 group