As we roll toward the June sale of the Polaroid collection in New York, The Art Newspaper runs another story expressing the frustration of some artists whose work is in the collection. Today it’s Chuck Close. And though it is not Close’s responsibility to save the collection from a sale, the fact that no one has organized a purchase of the collection outright remains a central question to the story.
That’s further underscored by these two paragraphs in The Art Newspaper story:
“Nothing would be worse than a piecemeal sale,” said William Ewing, director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, which holds a separate 4,500 works on loan. “I am hopeful that the entire collection, or at least our works, will be sold to a single buyer that will agree to leave them to the museum.”
Supporters of the “Impossible Project”, a Netherlands-based company which last month produced a new analogue instant film for Polaroid cameras, “recently placed a binding offer to purchase” the works at Lausanne, according to Marlene Kelnreiter, press spokeswoman.Continue Reading