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This Friday marks one year since the Berkshire Museum announced its controversial art sale plan. 

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Pittsfield Democratic State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier says she stands by the Berkshire Museum following the resignation of Executive Director Van Shields Thursday. Shields joined the museum in 2011.

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The Berkshire Museum announced Thursday that its executive director is stepping down. Van Shields was one of the architects of the museum’s controversial art sale plan to fund a renovation and endowment.

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has announced the next nine artworks from its collection to be auctioned off. WAMC reports the museum is raising money for an endowment and renovation plan.

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The yet-to-open Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art in L.A. has acquired Shuffleton’s Barbershop, a Norman Rockwell painting at the heart of the controversy surrounding the Berkshire Museum’s art sale.

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Representatives of a citizens group that opposes the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale are continuing to protest.

Rockwell Work Sold To LA Museum

Apr 12, 2018
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One of the iconic Norman Rockwell artworks sold by the Berkshire Museum as part of a controversial expansion plan has found a home far, far away.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood of the Berkshire Eagle about the closure of an animal shelter in Pittsfield and the ongoing litigation involving the sale of a collection of art at the Berkshire Museum.

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A top court in Massachusetts has given the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield a clear path to sell art from its collection to financially stabilize the institution.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood, Managing Editor of The Berkshire Eagle, about the continuing controversy surrounding The Berkshire Museum's attempt to sell art from its collection.  They also discuss North Adams' new grant to revitalize Eagle Street.

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Norman Rockwell's three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against The Berkshire Museum, which wants to sell one of their father's paintings from its collection.

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The Berkshire Museum says it and the Massachusetts attorney general's office are moving forward on an agreement related to the museum's future and its controversial decision two sell two Norman Rockwell artworks to fund an expansion. The agreement was announced late Friday. As part of the deal, which must be approved by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the museum would sell Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop," not at a Sotheby's auction as originally planned, to an unnamed American nonprofit museum. That buyer has agreed to display the artwork and to loan it to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge for 18-24 months. It also will consider loaning it to other Massachusetts museums in the years to follow.

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Since last summer, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been trying to sell part of its collection including two Normal Rockwell paintings to raise an estimated $60 million for an endowment and a major renovation. But the sale has been put on hold by lawsuits and legal maneuverings as citizens groups, the state and members of the Rockwell family question the legality and wisdom of the art sales. Now there may be a resolution on the horizon. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General and the Berkshire Museum have agreed to settle a dispute over the sale of 40 artworks from the museum’s collection. The two offices released a joint statement Monday.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expects to complete her investigation into the Berkshire Museum by the end of January.

Berkshire Museum Director Returns To Work

Dec 27, 2017
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The Berkshire Museum’s executive director is returning to work amid a controversial plan to sell off art to fund renovations and an endowment. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has fired back at the Berkshire Museum, which calls the inquiry into the museum’s planned art sale meritless. 

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The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum’s controversial art sale is without merit. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office wants more time to investigate the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale. 

Berkshire Museum Seeks Trial In Lower Court

Dec 5, 2017
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The Berkshire Museum is renewing calls for a trial at a lower court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to settle the legal battle over its art controversial sale. The museum wants to sell off art from its collection to fund an endowment and expansion.

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The legal dispute over the controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is moving to a higher court in Boston. 

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A member of the Berkshire Museum’s Collections Committee has stepped down amid a controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum. A judge temporarily halted the sale November 10th.

Berkshire Museum Calls For An Expedited Trial

Nov 15, 2017
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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is seeking an expedited trial in the legal battle to sell art, including two works by Norman Rockwell, to fund a renovation and endowment.  

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The controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum’s collection was planned for today at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City – but late last week an appeals court judge approved a one-month injunction. 

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A rally oustside the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Saturday drew crowds of educators, artists and residents who cheered the news that a controversial art sale has been halted — for now.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal against a judge’s ruling this week allowing the sale of 40 artworks at the Berkshire Museum to go forward. 

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 A Berkshire County court has denied a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum's sale of 40 artworks, including two by Norman Rockwell, to fund capital improvements and an endowment. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has filed an emergency motion to halt the Berkshire Museum’s art sales, including two works by Norman Rockwell. It follows Wednesday’s hearing for a preliminary injunction.

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A Berkshire Superior Court judge is considering a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum’s sale of 40 artworks, including two Norman Rockwells, to fund capital improvements and an endowment. 

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Massachusetts’ Attorney General has joined the three sons of Norman Rockwell in calling for a temporary restraining order against the Berkshire Museum to prevent the controversial sale of 40 pieces of art, including two works by the American artist, to fund an expansion and an endowment at the Pittsfield museum. 

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