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Flea-market Renoir reignites
tensions between museum and
art donor’s descendants

Washington Post, by Ian Shapira

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/16/2012 5:29:05 AM

Susan Helen Adler paced the corridors of the Baltimore Museum of Art, searching for objects that once belonged to her great-great-aunt, the late Saidie Adler May. In one room, she encountered about a dozen pieces, next to plaques that read “Gift of Saidie A. May.” But Adler, hungry to see more May donations on display, quickly grew upset with how much she thought should be there. She was already frustrated that one of her great-great-aunt’s paintings, a small Renoir, had turned up in a box of junk at a West Virginia flea market.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/16/2012 6:23:33 AM     (No. 9017705)

I didn´t have time to read the entire four pages of this nail-biter. I wish they would have just posted an address where I could donate some money or something to these poor folks in the art world.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pindarjr, 11/16/2012 8:23:27 AM     (No. 9017914)

Thank you #1. There´s no better way to start out the morning than with a good ROLF or is that a good ROFL.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/16/2012 8:38:57 AM     (No. 9017943)

Disgruntled descendant. Adler sounds like a pain.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/16/2012 9:20:31 AM     (No. 9018050)

As the articles says (obliquely), most museums are overflowing with donated items and cannot possibly display even a fraction of them. And once donated, the museums can pretty much to with them as they please.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mamafrog, 11/16/2012 9:57:07 AM     (No. 9018167)

Are there tax advantages to donating art to museums? If museums have more art than they can possibly use perhaps we need to look at why that is happening.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Distorted, 11/16/2012 10:15:25 AM     (No. 9018228)

Hey, Thomas A. Edison was my third cousin. Do I have approval rights for the recording industry?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: AltaD, 11/16/2012 12:33:15 PM     (No. 9018622)

If the art work was "on loan" from the Adlar family I could understand the family wanting a say in what is on display but that isn´t the case, the art was donated. End of discussion.

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