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Andy Warhol's Rejection Letter

Museum of Modern Art's rejection letter to Andy Warhol




Dear Mr. Warhol,


Last week our Committee on the Museum collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled "Shoe" which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.


I regret that I must report to you that the Committe decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.


Let me explain that because of our severly limited galery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.


Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your genereous expression of interest in our Collection.



Alfred M. Barr, Jr.

Director of the Museum Collections


P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.


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