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BREAKING NEWS  The Berkshire Eagle – Larry Parnass 

Museum halts financial talk with state cultural council

Rockwells: Berkshire Museum vowed to make gift ‘permanent’

Milestones in Berkshire Museum’s legal history

Berkshire Museum: Art auction legal issues draw focus

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Artnews – Andrew Russeth
Aiming to Halt Berkshire Museum Sales, Rockwell Family Meets with Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office


Artnet– Henri Neuendorf
Legal Threats Mount for Berkshire Museum as Deaccession Controversy Rages OnWith only a month to go before the sale, the Massachusetts attorney general and community activists are stepping up

Felix Salmon 

The New Yorker 
The Lost Masterpieces of Norman Rockwell Country

Cause & Effect
The arrogant, unaccountable, and dishonest Berkshire Museum

Culturgrrl
Lee Rosenbaum
BlogBack: Timothy Cahill, Regional Art Writer, on Berkshire Museum’s Decline (& how it should regroup)

BERKSHIRE EAGLE Letters and Columns

Timothy Cahill: An ‘alternate vision’ for Berkshire Museum

Linda Kaye-Moses: Still time for museum to avert a tragedy 

Letter: Berkshire Museum stuck on autopilot
Thomas White, Pittsfield

Letter: Auction house terms a mystery, and a concern
Ira Licht, West Stockbridge

Letter: Mishandled art sale compounds damage
Leslie Ferrin is proprietor of Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams. The letter was also signed by the following, all of whom are associated with Save The Art, Save The Museum: Linda Gunderson, Eric Drury, Grier Horner, Martha Lenz, Florian Ptak and Arlene Murcoch, all of Pittsfield, and Phil Deely of Stockbridge.

September 16, 2017 

Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdau 
Planned sale of Berkshire Museum artworks echoes past history

The 40: Berkshire Museum works of art headed to auction

September 10, 2017

Van W. Shields’ South Carolina museum quest foundered His drive to create a $60 million institution came up short amid accusations of mismanagement, Berkshire Eagle, Larry Parnass

September 1, 2017
 
Berkshire Museum: ‘Emergency overstated,’ nonprofit expert says, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

August 31, 2017
The Artsy Podcast, No. 46: When Museums Sell Their Art, Where Should the Money Go?
Artsy – Editorial Podcast

August 30, 2017
The Berkshire Museum Is ‘Under Review’ for Planned Sale, Massachusetts Attorney General Confirms, artnet News
Massachusetts AG’s Office Is Reviewing Berkshire Museum Plan, WAMC

August 29, 2017
Berkshire Museum board turns down $1m to pause art sale, The Art Newspaper

August 27, 2017
Ruth Bass: Transparency provides the vitamin for building mutual trust, Berkshire Eagle

August 25, 2017
Donors offer Berkshire Museum $1 million to delay, study art sale; board president turns it down, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

REPORTING

August 30, 2017
The Berkshire Museum Is ‘Under Review’ for Planned Sale, Massachusetts Attorney General Confirms, artnet News, Eileen Kinsella

August 29, 2017
Berkshire Museum board turns down $1m to pause art sale, The Art Newspaper,  Helen Stoilas  

August 25, 2017
Donors offer Berkshire Museum $1 million to delay, study art sale; board president turns it down, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

August 23, 2017
Why a Massachusetts museum selling its prized Norman Rockwell painting should worry art museums everywhere, LA Times, Christopher Knight

August 21, 2017
The Berkshire Museum’s financials, Cause&Effect, Felix Salmon

Augsut 18, 2017
Berkshire Bumble: Director’s Letter Reveals Focus Groups Kept in the Dark About Planned Art Sales,  CultureGrrl.com, Lee Rosenbaum

August 17, 2017
Berkshire Museum art auction not discussed in focus groups, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

August 16, 2017
Financial Crisis of the Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

August 14, 2017
Artist needles critics of Berkshire Museum plan to sell artworks, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

August 13, 2017
Facing criticism, Berkshire Museum defends sale plan Auction of valued objects to finance change of mission, Times Union, Steve Barnes
Art auction protest: Painting a picture of ire, Berkshire Eagle, Derek Gentile
Pickets Protest Berkshire Museum Meltdown Orderly Demonstration in Front of Museum, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano
David A Ross Opposes Berkshire Museum Sale: , Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

August 12, 2017
Protesters to Berkshire Museum: Art is ‘Not For Sale’, Berkshire Eagle, Derek Gentile
Citizens Group Protests Berkshire Museum’s Planned Art Sale, iberkshires.com, Andy McKeever

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

August 10, 2017
Save the Art: Protest of Berkshire Museum art auction on Saturday, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum Auction: Sotheby’s to exhibit 40 pieces before sale, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Protesting Berkshire Museum’s Unethical Sale Pickets Planned for Saturday Morning August 12, Berkshire Fine Arts, Charles Guiliano

August 5, 2017
A friendship framed by art: Planned sale of paintings strains bond between Berkshire Museum and Norman Rockwell’s world, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Rockwell Family Opposes Berkshire Museum Sale Game Changer and Time to Rethink the Reboot, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

August 4, 2017
Norman Rockwell’s family voice objections to the sale of artwork, Boston Globe
Sons of Norman Rockwell speak out against Berkshire Museum’s planned auction of work, MassLive, Michelle Williams

August 3, 2017
Rockwell sons oppose art sale: Want paintings to remain in public hands, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

August 2, 2017
Most Berkshire Museum artworks set for auction now at Sotheby’s, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum Ignores Outcry 40 Works to be Sold at Sotheby’s, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano
Museum Associations Opposed to Berkshire Museum Plan to Sell Artworks, Philanthropy News Digest
Berkshire Museum Stonewalls Critics: Hires Costly PR to Spin Its Reboot, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

July 31, 2017
Berkshire Museum brings in new PR staff amid expansion plan outcry, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Should a Museum Be Allowed to Sell $50 Million of Work to Keep the Lights On?, Artsy.com, Anna Louise Sussman

July 30, 2017
Nightmare at the museum: Art auction triggers ethics dispute, The Seattle Times, Mark Pratt

July 29, 2017
Association of Art Museum Curators decries Berkshire Museum plan to sell art, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
After two weeks, Berkshire Museum plan to sell art has supporters and detractors, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo

July 28, 2017
Berkshire Museum faces staunch opposition to plan to sell 40 pieces, including Norman Rockwell works, MassLive
Berkshire Museum’s planned change, including sale of Rockwells, draws criticism, Times Union, Steve Barnes
Berkshire Museum’s Sale of Blockbuster Works Prompts Backlash—and the 9 Other Biggest News Stories This Week, Artsy.com

July 27, 2017
Reflecting Rockwell: Berkshire Museum paintings depict artist’s local lifestyle, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum to Sell Art to Fund $60M Strategic Plan, massnonprofit.org

July 26, 2017
The Berkshire Museum Schedules a Fire Sale, The Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

July 25, 2017
Berkshire Museum’s Planned Sale of Art Draws Opposition, New York Times, Colin Moynihan
Berkshire Museum draws fire for plan to sell artwork, including two Norman Rockwells, Boston Globe, Malcolm Gay
National museum associations bristle at Berkshire Museum art sell-off plan, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Locals react to Berkshire Museum art auction list, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum Looks to Raise Tens of Millions in Sale of Calder, Rockwell and Church Paintings, Art Market Monitor, Marion Maneker
Museum Alliance and Directors Group Issue Open Letter Criticizing Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Plan, Art News, Alex Greenberger
“Deeply Opposed”: Joint Statement by AAMD & AAM Blasts Berkshire Museum’s Planned Art Sales UPDATED TWICE, CultureGrrl.com, Lee Rosenbaum

July 24, 2017
Berkshire Museum courts censure from museums groups with plan to auction 40 works, The Art Newsaper
Berkshire Museum to sell works by Calder, Church and Durrie, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Feigenbaum Foundation Pledges $2.5 Million to Berkshire Museum, Businesswest.com
In letter to Berkshire Museum, artists group asks them to reconsider selling off works, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum Disposables: Bierstadts, Bouguereaus, Calders, Church, Inness, “George Washington”, CultureGrrl.com, Lee Rosenbaum
Berkshire Museum Releases Auction List, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

July 22, 2017
Artist Stephen Hannock On Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano

July 21, 2017
Art for sale to be ID’d, proceeds to pay for Berkshire Museum improvements, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Berkshire Museum Dumps the Fine Arts Selling Two Paintings by Norman Rockwell and 38 Other Works, Berkshire Fine Arts , Charles Guiliano
“Public Trust” Bust: Berkshire Museum to Jettison 40 Works (including 2 artist-donated Rockwells) UPDATED, CultureGrrl.com, Lee Rosenbaum

July 20, 2017
What is a painting worth? Rockwell director cool to Berkshire Museum’s planned art sale, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
See the Norman Rockwell paintings Berkshire Museum is selling to help fund its future, MassLive, Phil Demers

July 19, 2017
Museum to auction off Norman Rockwell paintings to fund future, MassLive, Phil Demers

July 12, 2017
Community input drives ‘reinvention plan’ for The Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo
Two Rockwells headed to auction to fund new vision for The Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Eagle, Carrie Saldo


OPINION

August 4, 2017
Norman Rockwell’s Paintings belong in the Berkshires, Boston Globe, Geoffrey Rockwell and Margaret Rockwell

August 2, 2017
Unsolicited Advice for the Berkshire Museum, Cause&Effect, Felix Salmon

July 31, 2017
Our Opinion: Lack of openness is undermining museum’s cause, Berkshire Eagle

July 26, 2017
Berkshire Museum to Dump Norman Rockwells, Gurney Journey, James Gurney

July 18, 2017
Betraying Norman Rockwell,  Cause&Effect, Felix Salmon

July 12, 2017
Our Opinion: Berkshire Museum’s ambitious reboot, Berkshire Eagle


RADIO & TELEVISION


August 30, 2017
Massachusetts AG’s Office Is Reviewing Berkshire Museum Plan, WAMC

August 28, 2017
Berkshire Museum Board President Turns Down $1M Donation Hinged On Pausing Sale Of Art, WAMC, JD Allen

August 14, 2017
Norman Rockwell Director Defends Berkshire Museum Trustees, Not Their Plan, WAMC, JD Allen

August 12, 2017
Art At Auction Brings Protestors Outside Berkshire Museum, WAMC, JD Allen
Pittsfield protesters rally in support of art, WNYT, Albany, NY
Facing criticism, Berkshire Museum defends sale plan Auction of valued objects to finance change of mission, WRGB, Albany, NY

August 9, 2017
Should museums be able to sell their art? This museum says its future depends on it, PBS NewsHour, Dayana Morales Gomez 

August 5, 2017
Norman Rockwell Family Frowns At His Art At Auction, WAMC, JD Allen

July 31, 2017
Berkshire Museum’s Art At Auction Happening Too Soon, Arts Community Says, WAMC, JD Allen

July 30, 2017
Museum’s Plan To Sell 40 Works Has Art World Up In Arms, NPR, Laurel Wamsley

July 27, 2017
Berkshire Museum Director Defends Sale Of Art For Expansion, Endowment, WAMC, JD Allen

July 26, 2017
Selling Art To Fund Overhaul Snares Berkshire Museum In Controversy, WAMC, JD Allen

July 25, 2017
20 More Artists, Educators Call On Berkshire Museum To Stop Sale Of Collection, WAMC, JD Allen

July 21, 2017
Norman Rockwell, Berkshire Museums Disagree On Selling Painter’s Works, WAMC, JD Allen

July 13, 2017
Berkshire Museum Launches $60M Reinvention Plan, WAMC, JD Allen

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The bulk of the following Letters to the Editor are to be found in the Berkshire Eagle unless otherwise noted

August 30, 2017
Letter: Museum chooses future, owes nothing to past

August 29, 2017
Letter: Museum losing baby, keeping bathwater

August 26, 2017
Letter: Museum isn’t acting in community interest
Letter: Son of the Berkshires supports museum
Letter: Museum should focus on science, education

August 24, 2017
Letter: Museum alienating art lovers and donors

August 23, 2017
Legality of museum’s plan to sell Rockwell paintings is questionable, Boston Globe
Letter: Support new vision for Berkshire Museum
Letter: Questions for those who spew hatred at museum

August 22, 2017
 Letter: Honesty a victim in museum consultation

August 21, 2017
Letter: Museum board must find a better solution
Letter: Trashing of museum is well underway
Letter: Support the desired museum changes

August 19, 2017
Letter: Issue is implementing museum board’s plan

Letter: Museum must change to survive and grow
Letter: Explore other options to finance museum
Letter: Museum sale only postpones inevitable
 Letter: Museum risks losing support of community

August 18, 2017
Letter: Harness outpouring of passion for museum
Letter: Satisfied by museum’s explanation for sales

August 16, 2017
Letter: Template established for museum’s rebirth

August 15, 2017
Letter: Praise for museum’s new, expanded mission|
Letter: Paintings should not be spirited away, hidden

August 14, 2017
Letter: Speak with checkbooks on future of museum
Dave Leja, Williamstown
Letter: We should all support our Berkshire Museum
Deborah Balmuth,Windsor
Letter: Perhaps wealthy buyers could phase-in solution
Robert Rendo, North Adams, Berkshire Eagle
Letter: Let the naysayers raise funds, buy art
Kathleen Nicklaw Murphy, Pittsfield, Berkshire Eagle

August 13, 2017
Letter: Museum shouldn’t risk getting pariah status
Dan L. Monroe is a former president of the American Alliance of Museums and of the Association of Art Museum Directors. He is director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum which stands among the largest art museums in New England and among the top 18 art museums in the nation.
Letter: Museum should pause, explore other options
Lori Fogarty and Laura L. Lott, Lori Fogarty is director and CEO, Oakland Museum of California, AAMD President. Laura L. Lott is president and CEO, American Alliance of Museums. New York, N.Y.
Letter: Criticism of museum descends into shaming
Judith Monachina, Stockbridge, MA

August 11, 2017
Letter: Financial history of museum needed
Letter: Late-arriving critics should end the insults
Letter: Missed opportunity for two county museums

August 10, 2017
Letter: Museum wasn’t up front about financial problems
Letter: Museum shouldn’t sell Berkshire treasures
Letter: All parties were misled by Berkshire Museum

August 9, 2017
Letter: A suggestion for the Berkshire Museum

Letter: Support our wonderful Berkshire Museum
Letter: Rockwell gift dishonored
Letter: Is museum’s mission statement flexible?

August 8, 2017
Letter: Don’t sell museum’s soul,  Berkshire Eagle
Letter: Williams College could take over Berkshire Museum

August 4, 2017
Letter: New museum mission serves wider audience
Letter: Museum should consider evolving by degree
Letter: Proposed collaboration between two museums
Letters to the Editor 
Letter: High-tech exhibits are of doubtful value
Letter: Museum scapegoats community in code
Letter: Debate prompted visit to impressive museum
Letter: Together, let’s save our Berkshire Museum
Letter: Arrogant statement
Letter: Museum must avoid an irremediable error
Letter: Museum is pursuing responsible pathway
Letter: Unanswered questions about museum’s sales

August 3, 2017
Berkshire Museum controversy warrants more reflection, Barbara Bonner, Berkshire Edge
Letter: Public must know full story on art sale
Letter: Rockwell family urges museum to keep artwork
Letter: Stop personal attacks on museum officials
Letter: Museum plan would add to the glory of learning

August 2, 2017
Letter: Art collection should be at center of new plan

August 1, 2017
Letter: Collection a monument to the Gilded Age
Letter: Museum should remain “window to the world”
Letter: Plan enables museum to continue evolution
Letter: Preserve art for future generations
Letter: Thompson clarifies what is at stake

July 30, 2017
Appalled by Berkshire Museum’s sale of artwork, Warner Friedman, Berkshire Edge

July 29, 2017
Letter: Art to be sold is part of Berkshire history
Letter: Keep art, reach out to arts community
Letter: Museum doesn’t merit art upon its walls

July 28, 2017
Letter: New Rockwells needed
Letter: Missed opportunity for science center
Letter: Destroying past won’t assure museum’s future
Letter: Important questions to ask
Letter: Museums can’t become places of amusement
Letter: Museum eliminates risk of mummification
Letter: Courageous decision to keep museum vital
Letter: Sell off the reptiles

July 27, 2017
Letter: Why not sell art by the yard?
Letter: Berkshire Museum made difficult, wise decision
Letter: Pittsfield doesn’t need another huge blow
Letter: Consider museum art’s other uses
Letter: Berkshire Museum must cancel sale
Letter: Display museum works to be sold
Berkshire Museum betrays public trust by sale of art collection, Carol Diehl,  Berkshire Edge

July 26, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum must not sell our heritage
Letter: Museum sell-off plan violates its mission
Letter: Problems are real, solution is wrong
Letter: Rockwell would have satirized museum
Letter: Museum plan assures walls to hang art upon
Letter: Bold change assures future of museum
Letter: Museum must keep its three key ingredients
Letter: Museum must not violate ethical code
Letter: Museum board should reconsider art selloff
Letter: Masterpieces belong in Berkshire County

July 25, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum has violated public trust
Letter: Museum’s crown jewels glitter in many ways

July 24, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum art auction an affront
Letter: Positive change for Berkshire Museum

July 21, 2017
Letter: Museum must teach culture and history

July 19, 2017
Letter: Museum shouldn’t drop its role in fine arts
Letter: Bravo to museum for long-term plan

July 18, 2017
Letter: Berkshire Museum plan violates ethical code
Letter: Plan assures museum of solid county future

July 16, 2017
Letter: Museum contributes to city’s bright future

July 14, 2017
Letter: Museum will link past, present, future