Big Bucks Behind Bouguereau - Arts Group Offers MIA $30,000 to Prevent Thursday’s Sale of Bohemienne at Christie’s

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The Art Renewal Center offers $30,000 donation toward the Moore acquisition if the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will stop the sale of BouguereauÂ?s Bohemienne at ChristieÂ?s this Thursday. There has been a public outcry in the past week opposing the sale.

The Art Renewal Center offered a $30,000 donation toward the Moore acquisition if the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will stop the sale of Bouguereau’s Bohemienne at Christie’s this Thursday. There has been a public outcry in the past week opposing the sale, including a demonstration on the MIA steps by local arts students.

In a letter to the board members, trustees, and curators at MIA, Art Renewal Center (ARC) chairman Fred Ross outlined ARC’s offer to donate $30,000 to be used either towards the purchase of the Moore painting Battledore, or to compensate Christie’s for withdrawal of the Bouguereau painting from sale. “We only ask that the museum hang Bouguereau’s Bohemienne at least three months every year in a reasonable, prominent, well-lit spot in the museum so that art students and scholars may have free and ready access to it,” wrote Ross, who examined the painting personally and found it to be in pristine condition.

ARC would like to see MIA recall the Bouguereau from sale “out of respect for all the people of Minneapolis who love this work.” So far, there has been no response to the ARC offer from the Institute.

The not-for-profit 501C3 educational foundation known as ARC, the Art Renewal Center, a champion of Bouguereau and other great representational artists, paid for an ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune last Sunday, appealing to the public to help stop the Bouguereau sale. Several area newspapers have been reporting on the conflict, see

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4718656.html
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/8433347.htm?1c
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/8418273.htm

See the original ARC article at http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2004/Minneapolis/shameful1.asp , and the April 11th ARC news release at http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/4/emw117924.htm

The Art Renewal Center, ARC, is the most popular art museum on the Internet, with nearly 30,000 images. See http://www.artrenewal.org ARC promotes a return to high standards of training and discipline in the fine arts of painting and sculpture, and supports qualified fine-art schools and yearly scholarship competitions, as well as juried art contests such as the recent First International ARC Salon.

Fred Ross is Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, and has been a featured speaker at Sotheby's, the Dahesh Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, among others. He holds a Master's in Art Education from Columbia University, and along with his wife Sherry owns one of the foremost collections of 19th Century European paintings. He is currently Executive Administrator of the Committee to write the Catalog Raisonné of William Bouguereau.

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Fred Ross

Phone: 732-636-2060 ext. 602

Additional contact information:

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

http://www.artsmia.org
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

The Director, Evan Maurer: (612) 870-3222

Head Curator’s office: (612) 870-3221

Main switchboard: (612) 870-3000

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