Bal­ti­more mu­seum to auc­tion 7 pieces to di­ver­sify col­lec­tion

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The Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art will auc­tion off seven art­works by 20th cen­tury artists, in­clud­ing Andy Warhol, to di­ver­sify and con­tem­po­rize its col­lec­tion.

The Bal­ti­more Sun re­ports the seven pieces go­ing on the auc­tion block at Sotheby’s in May were all cre­ated by white men, mak­ing way for the ap­proved ac­qui­si­tion of nine art­works by con­tem­po­rary artists, sev­eral of whom are black.

The mu­seum said in a re­lease Fri­day that it holds stronger works by Warhol, Franz Kline and the other artists whose pieces will be sold. The money raised will be ex­clu­sively used to ac­quire works from 1943 onward.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Christo­pher Bed­ford has ad­vo­cated for col­lec­tions that re­flect the pop­u­la­tions of home cities. Al­though the ma­jor­ity of Bal­ti­more’s pop­u­la­tion is black, the mu­seum owns rel­a­tively few pieces by black artists.


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