Save the Art – Save the Museum to Another Hold Protest at Sotheby’s New York City Headquarters on Wednesday, May 23rd from 9am to 10am

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (May 21, 2018) – The Berkshire-based citizens’ group Save the Art – Save the Museum will stage a protest outside Sotheby’s auction house at 1334 York Avenue in New York City, Wednesday, May 23, from 9 to 10 a.m. The group opposes the Berkshire Museum’s unethical deaccession of 40 artworks donated to the community and entrusted to the museum, now on the block at Sotheby’s. Save the Art will be calling attention to the impact this precedent will have on collections of art and artifacts in the public trust held by museums, libraries, and historical societies beyond Massachusetts.

Read the Press Release

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 the following artworks are slated to go on the Sotheby's auction block. Click on each image to go to the auction page information.

Norman Rockwell – BLACKSMITH'S BOY – HEEL AND TOE (SHAFTSBURY BLACKSMITH SHOP). Painted in 1940. Given to the Berkshire Museum in 1966 by the artist for the benefit of the people of Berkshire county.
by Rembrandt Peale, 1778 – 1860
John La Farge
Painted in 1860
Frederic Edwin Church
Painted in 1875

Artworks from the 1st tranche of 13 (Berkshire Museum’s 40 “Best of the Collection”) slated for auction at the European Art & Master Paintings event tomorrow night (May 22, 2018) at Sotheby’s.

Alberto Pasini, “Faubourg de Constantinople.” Charles Francois Daubigny, “Paysans allant aux champs (Le Matin).” William Bouguereau, “L’Agneau Nouveau-Ne.” Adriaen Isenbrant, “The Temptation Adam and Eve,” William Bouguereau, “Les deux soeurs (La Bourrique)” and Adriaen Isenbrant, “The Flight into Egypt.” 

Save the Art - Save the Museum still seeks answers to important questions regarding the Museum’s responsibility to the public for fiscal transparency.


Click on the link below to read the story that appeared
as an op-ed in the Berkshire Eagle on May 3, 2018

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