Many are likely pretty upset that The Akron Art Museum, plans to sell Cindy Sherman's #96 from her 1981 Centerfolds Series at auction. Expectations are that the work could fetch as much as 4 million or more, which would be a record price for any photograph. Remember, most photos are prints there are some other copies, one of which recently sold for almost 4 million.
The intent is to build an endowment to support the purchase of other works.
Akron Art Museum to Sell Iconic Cindy Sherman Print
While, this move makes the museum look more like a stock trader than a museum, I can't blame them for trying to make the most of a prime market moment. That kind of money can go a long way. They will still have one Sherman work.
If you have not been to The Akron Art Museum, you are really missing something. The building is amazing and the collection includes important works by Chuck Close, Jean Dubuffet, Kiki Smith, Lynda Benglis, Anthony Caro, Charles Burchfield, Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Marina Abramovic, Viktor Schreckengost, Lari Pittman, Donald Judd, Richard Tuttle and many others. I particularly love their collection of artist's normally known as "outsiders"; Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, William L. Hawkins, Minnie Evans, W. D. "Crazy Mac" McCaffrey etc...
It's just a great place.