Key Points In The Press Release From The Montlair Art Museum

You can read the  Q&A of deaccession plan of  Montclair Art Museum (MAM)  from the following link.

March 23, 2009: MAM’s Financial Security Plan, a Q & A

If you don’t want to read the whole press release, here is the summary:

1. About 50 items in total will be auctioned and raise $3 to $5 million for future acquisitions.

2. Despite the difficult economic times, MAM believes the auction market remains strong.

3. Some items are donated. Either donars or donar’s descendents will be notified.

4. Deaccessioning does not close the budget gap which is $600,000. It makes up the shrinkage in endowment.

5. Anyone who is interested in the full list is welcome to contact the Museum at (973) 746-5555, ext. 219 (Note, MAM staff told Geo that further interest should be directed to Cristie’s.)

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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