Wall Street Journal headline: “MoMA Buys Stuffed-Animal Artwork For More Than $4 Million.”
I thought that headline was kind of funny, so I tweeted it. They’re talking about Mike Kelley, of course. MoMA bought Kelley’s Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, a piece that Paul Schimmel had wanted to buy for MOCA. It seems MOCA had other problems.
My tweet drew a response from Crystal Bridges Museum curator Kevin Murphy (formerly of the Huntington), who noted that he covets a Kelley for CBMAA. That’s proof, if any is needed, that Crystal Bridges’ taste has become a good deal more contemporary than that of its sometime partner… the National Gallery of Art.