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.

Institute of Art & Law / United Kingdom

October 1, 2020
Done right, selling museum pieces can work – but probably not with Michelangelos
By Alexander Herman

March 21, 2019
Local Authority collections at risk as austerity continues to bite
By Emily Gould

November 20, 2018
European Registrars Conference 2018
By Emily Gould

August 30, 2018
Berkshire Museum Deaccession Nears Completion
By Héléne Deslauriers

May 2, 2018
Auction goes ahead for LaSalle collection
By Héléne Deslauriers

April 18, 2018
National Gallery of Canada selling Chagall to buy… David
By Alexander Herman

November 13, 2017
Last-minute development in Berkshire deaccession dispute
By Héléne Deslauriers

November 9, 2017
Berkshire decision: Rockwell sales to proceed
By Héléne Deslauriers

November 3, 2017
Hearing in the Berkshire Museum deaccession case
By Héléne Deslauriers

October 25, 2017
Legal action brought by Rockwell heirs against Berkshire Museum
By Héléne Deslauriers

October 11, 2017
Deaccessioning at the Berkshire Museum
By Héléne Deslauriers

May 2, 2018
Pizza, eggs and ice cream: have alternative museums gone too far?
The Guardian, Art & Design, by Nadja Sayej

August 11, 2017 / AUDIO
Public art vs private cash: why Norman Rockwell’s family opposes museum art auction
CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

November 8, 2017
Court rules that Berkshire Museum art sale can proceed
APOLLO, International Art Magazine

November 2017
US: Judge halts Berkshire museum’s sale of Rockwell art
Aljazeera, News / Arts & Culture, by Kristen Saloomey


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.