A view of visitors sitting in Eames chairs looking at the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s iconic Pollock, “Mural” (1943-44) (image via flickr.com/brixton)

Peggy Guggenheim’s gift to Iowa has been saved (for now), according to the Daily Iowan:

On Monday, Rep. Scott Raecker, R-Urbandale, the head of the Iowa House Appropriations Committee, withdrew the controversial proposal, which would have forced the University of Iowa Museum of Art to sell the $140 million painting “Mural,” by Jackson Pollock, and use the revenue to supply roughly 1,000 scholarships to art students.

The withdrawal sends a message to the art world that Iowa is a place that still values its arts culture, said Sean O’Harrow, executive director of the UI Museum of Art.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

One reply on “Iowa’s Major Pollock is Saved!”

  1. how much would the tax payers get by auctioning off Rep. Scott Raecker on Ebay? You do not sell off your States Heritage !

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