The Chicago Public Library Is Selling A Kerry James Marshall Painting To Fund Public Art In Underserved Communities

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The city of Chicago has decided against its plan to auction Kerry James Marshall’s painting >Knowledge and Wonder (1995), currently housed at the Chicago Public Library, following widespread criticism of the decision, including from the artist himself.

“It’s the right decision to make,” Marshall told the >Chicago Tribune. The proposed sale “seemed like a way of exploiting the work of artists in the city for short-term gain in a really shortsighted kind of way. It certainly would make one believe there’s no reason to do anything because you have some kind of civic pride as a citizen.”

The city has withdrawn the painting from the upcoming November 15 auction at Christie’s New York, where it carried a pre-sale estimate of $10 million–15 million. It had paid just $10,000 for the 10-by-23-foot long painting, which depicts African American adults and children standing before an array of larger-than-life books. The City of Chicago Public Art Program commissioned the work as part of the Percent for Art Ordinance, which requires that Chicago’s municipal construction projects spend 1.33 percent of their budget on public art.

Funds from the sale would have gone toward a massive expansion project at the Legler branch of the Chicago Public Library, where the painting had hung, and would have helped establish an endowment for new public art projects in Chicago’s under-served communities.

Kerry James Marshall. Photo BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images.

Kerry James Marshall. Photo: BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images.

Source : https://news.artnet.com/market/chicago-library-cancels-planned-kerry-james-marshall-auction-1387459

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