Media Coverage - Berkshire Museum Lawsuit

The Boston Globe,, Berkshire Eagle, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, ARTnews
October 27, 2017

Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Berkshire County residents and members of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, seeking an immediate injunction against the museum's planned sale of art early next month. The Berkshire Museum has consigned forty paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts for auction or sale at Sotheby's in violation of universally accepted museum ethics—including Shuffleton’s Barbershop and Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop by Norman Rockwell on or before November 13, 2017. The loss of these works would represent an irreparable loss for the community and Massachusetts. After the Superior Court denied the requested injunction on November 7, 2017, a single justice of the Appeals Court entered an injunction on November 10, 2017 barring the sale of any of the paintings until at least December 11, 2017. On December 13, 2017, the Single Justice extended that prohibition against the sale of any of the affected works until at least January 29, 2018. The Attorney General will provide an update on the status of her investigation on or before January 3, 2018. 

The media coverage related to this lawsuit has been substantial and includes:

See also the S&W Press Release on this matter: Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection