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.