Art by Sargent Johnson, Berkeley’s Loss, Is Museum’s Gain – NYTimes.com

Art by Sargent Johnson, Berkeley’s Loss, Is Museum’s Gain – NYTimes.com.

Everybody misplaces something sometime. But it is not easy for the University of California, Berkeley, to explain how it lost a 22-foot-long carved panel by a celebrated African-American sculptor, or how, three years ago, it mistakenly sold this work, valued at more than a million dollars, for $150 plus tax.

Ah, the foibles of the art world are never-ending!  I am pleased to hear that this misplaced and cheaply-sold work was acquired by the Huntington Library, at least.  Their collection of books and other paper articles is mind-boggling!  I didn’t even make it over to see the art because I was so seduced by the book collection.  It is on my list of museums to visit again, and I encourage everyone to visit the place if the opportunity arises.

Click the link at the top to read the article from the New York Times.

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