Newark Museum of Art to Sell 17 Works

May 11 2021

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnews.com have published an article on the outcry regarding news that the Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey are planning to sell 14 works of art at auction. The museum will be selling several American works later this month including Thomas Cole's Arch of Nero at Sotheby's carrying an estimate of $500k - $700k (pictured).

50 cultural historians have signed a letter to the museum's director encouraging officials to change their minds.

Linda Harrison, director of the Newark Museum of Art, has responded to critics that the choice of works were:

carefully and thoughtfully considered.

...

Deaccessioning is a routine and necessary component of the work of any museum, and is especially important for the Newark Museum of Art, which currently has holdings numbering around 130,000...

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