We all know that York has a wide appeal for residents and visitors but are these appeals really necessary?
This is a tale of two art related 2017 appeals .
1. The York Art Gallery
If you have £3.6 million to spare you could help acquire A Revery by Albert Moore a 19th Century York born artist. The painting above currently features at the York Art Gallery until 1st October 2017 but the museum and gallery trust would like to buy this painting.
Money and finance seems high on the list of priorities for the Art Gallery. Is this appeal convincing you? How many works do York own that are not on display in the City?Amazon Kindle version of ‘43 Amazing Color Paintings of Albert Joseph Moore – British Academic Painter (September 4, 1841 – September 25, 1893)’
2. Wooden Sculptures Wooden Appeal
I have been invited to support a fund raiser to buy ‘for the nation and York’, a 17th century sculpture by Grinling Gibbons. The cost will be £300,000 and 80% has already been found from mainly public sector purses. To be more exact funds for the purchase are destined for York Civic Trust and Fairfax House an Historic House Association member. The HHA is an association of 1500 privately owned stately homes, historic dwellings, parks and gardens throughout the UK. The Civic Trust is awash with unspent investments!
Sotheby’s auctioned the lot for a price of $162,500 on behalf of the estate of A Arthur Traubman their late chairman who served time in USA prison over his role in a price-fixing scandal with Christie’s. He was a multi-millionaire from construction and investment (peak networth $3billion). He is also known for his extensive art collection which Sotheby’s valued at $500 million. Should the public be coughing up another £60,000 for this shemozzle?