If you thought the $20 million price of the ‘clauded’ painting in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was a high-stakes moment in the art world, you were not alone.
“I think the whole concept is that they are trying to find out what works for them,” said museum director of art Gwen Gorman.
“They want to see what works and they want to get it in their hands.”
“They are very concerned about the way that the public has interpreted that painting,” said Gorman, who added that “there’s a real sense that the painting is a political statement, a way to say something to the world.”
Gorman said that the museum is taking a “conservative approach” to the painting.
“It is not an easy thing to do,” she said.
“We’re not trying to say that this is a perfect work.
It is a painting that does not represent all of the work that we’ve done in this field of painting.”
Gwen added that she believes the painting has “a lot of history.”
“It’s a little bit like a little girl’s hand in the sand,” she explained.
“There are elements of nature in it.
We want to make sure that the viewer is able to see all of that.”
The painting’s original owner, the late Claude Moore, had a large collection of canvases in the MoMA.
According to Gorman and other MoMA officials, Moore’s family had donated the painting to the museum as a gift.
According a 2012 New York Times story, Moore had asked the museum for a painting of his late father, and the museum declined.
According “The Art of the Artificer,” a book about the art of painting, Moore wrote in the introduction that he believed “there was a lot of work left behind” by his father, who died in 1929.
The story said that Moore had spent several years looking for a “complete, accurate, and original” reproduction of his father’s work.
After years of searching, the painting was found in a storage unit in the museum’s archives.
“Claude was an amazing artist,” Gorman told NPR in an interview.
“He was a brilliant man.
He was a very gifted artist.”
The museum declined to say how much it paid for the painting, but according to the story, the museum paid Moore $10,000 to create it, with an option for $30,000.
The painting is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and will be on view through April, according to G. Norman.
“That’s a good time to have a look at it,” she told NPR.
“People will be able to come in and say, ‘What’s this?
What does it look like?’ and that will be a really nice thing.”
She said the painting could be seen on the MoMas main website at the following address: “The Monuments to the Artist.”
The MoMA website also has an “About” page that explains how it is trying to preserve Moore’s work, which dates back to 1799 and was donated to the MoMa by his brother-in-law, James Scott Moore.
“As the first work of art by a painter of color in the United States, the work of Claude Moore has been an inspiration to generations of artists and collectors,” the website says.
“The work was created on canvas, and it was in the form of a single, continuous image.
As the image is painted and turned over in the studio, it is transformed by a technique known as chromatography.”
The website says that the work has been sold in many countries, and that “the original is now in the private collection of the artist’s daughter, whose collection has been enriched by his works.”
“As we seek to preserve the artist, we will continue to use his work to enhance our museum collections,” the MoMo website reads.