LACMA Selling Select Works Even As It Buys Others

For sale: Giacomo Ceruti (called Pitoccheto), 'Mother and Child.' circa 1730.EXPAND
For sale: Giacomo Ceruti (called Pitoccheto), 'Mother and Child.' circa 1730.

Even as it has been buying works of art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been selling paintings from its permanent collection as it wraps up a series of moves museum director Michael Govan describes as a clarifying process.

The New York Times on Thursday reported that a number of LACMA's master paintings are set to be auctioned off by Sotheby's Jan. 28. Govan said the paintings have been in storage and no longer adhere to a new incentive at the museum revolving around next month's unveiling of renovated galleries for Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and French works.

"It may seem shocking that I am selling paintings, but I'm willing to accept the criticism," Govan chief curator J. Patrice Marandel told the Times. "This isn't a study collection, it's a place to see the best paintings we can show so that visitors will be able to experience paintings as objects of enjoyment and culture."

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