Müzeler.1/MoMA neler satıyor?

Yazının Tümü

Many lots were greeted with lively bidding, both within the room and from the telephones. Burge began the bidding on the Pollock painting, Number 12, 1949, a small (31 x 22.5 in.) work on paper laid down on masonite, at $3 million; the price then jumped at million-dollar intervals to $7 million, thanks to aggressive intervention by C&M Arts principal Robert Mnuchin bidding on the aisle; and then the auction took on a more deliberate pace as two telephone bidders battled it out, stepping upwards at $200,000 a pop until the painting was hammered down at $10.4 million. One wonders whether the two phone bidders had actually examined the painting itself, as the paper has noticeably yellowed.

In any case, the Museum of Modern Art should be pleased with the sale, since the Pollock came from its collection. Perhaps the Pollock's condition explains the clear lapse in curatorial responsibility -- presumably to be laid at the feet of department head John Elderfield and MoMA director Glenn Lowry -- that led to the deaccession, which has otherwise gone uncontested by the New York Times (old-timers will remember when the "paper of record" has some teeth in such matters) or any art-professional watchdog organization.

In a less questionable move, MoMA also sold off two works by Jean Dubuffet, a painting of a cow from 1954 and one of a dorky-looking man in a suit from 1945. They brought $3.1 million and $1.3 million at the hammer, respectively. With the proceeds, the museum should be able to buy several photos by Andreas Gursky!