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UC Berkeley Loses Track of a Gigantic Piece of Sculpture

So the California School for the Deaf and Blind has this giant, gorgeous redwood relief, carved by groundbreaking African-American artist Sargent Johnson in the late 1930s, hanging on a wall in its building, covering up some organ pipes. The CSDB moves in 1980, and UC Berkeley takes the building over, moves everything to the basement, and starts to renovate. Three years later, when the renovation’s complete, the university moves everything back upstairs into the building, but somehow overlooks half of the 22-foot long relief, which then winds up in the school’s surplus store and is sold, in 2009, to an art dealer. For a hundred and sixty bucks. It keeps going from there. (FULL ARTICLE: Carol Pogash, The New York Times)

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