ARTFIXdaily Closed to August 30; A Look Back at the Art Lost and Damaged on 9/11

  • August 15, 2021 21:53

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Damaged on Sept. 11, 2001, The Sphere by Fritz Koenig (1971) is shown here at Ground Zero of the attack, and is now exhibited at Liberty Park. Photo by Michael Rieger/ FEMA News Poto.
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Nearly twenty years ago, the tragedy of September 11th destroyed not only thousands of lives, but millions of dollars worth of public art. An estimated $100 million worth of art was ruined in addition to a large decrease in museum attendance and philanthropic support of the arts.

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) – a nonprofit educational and research organization – has announced the reposting in color on its website of the edited talks from an IFAR Symposium, “September 11th: Art Loss, Damage, and Repercussions.” Held in New York City on February 28, 2002, the symposium was supported in part by a grant from The Liman Foundation. It was one of several initiatives undertaken by IFAR in response to the tragedy of September 11th and was published in a double issue of IFAR Journal, Vol. 4, no. 4/Vol. 5, no. 1.

As we now know, 9/11 took the lives of almost 3,000 people and impacted the lives of many thousands of others. The toll was incalculable, and is still felt today. 9/11 also impacted the art world in myriad ways, and this IFAR Symposium addressed that. At the symposium, Dr. Sharon Flescher, IFAR’s Executive Director, introduced eight distinguished speakers from the fields of art and insurance to discuss the art that was lost and damaged on 9/11 and the repercussions.

Click HERE for the proceedings (highlighted in blue).


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