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Thorny Rose situation improves: Brandeis not selling off its museum collection after all

Back in 2009, we wrote about how, due to a projected $80 million deficit, Brandeis University was poised to sell off the artwork in its famed Rose Museum, a collection including works by Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, de Kooning, and Warhol.

After two years of speculating, PR nightmares, and conflicting statements, we now have a definitive update. This morning, our art critic, Greg Cook broke the news that Brandeis University has reached a settlement. The verdict: Brandeis is pledging not to sell art from the Rose, following a settlement with three overseers of the museum.

"We do have a settlement. It's not a perfect agreement, but it basically says they're not going to sell art. That's the thing we were fighting for,"says Meryl Rose, who with Jonathan Lee and Lois Foster sued the school in July 2009 to halt Brandeis administrators' plan. None of the artwork was ever actually sold since the plan was originally conceived.

Read the rest at Cook's blog, the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

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