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O'Keeffe Museum Has No Right To Fisk U. Art

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(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee's Court of Appeals has ruled that a New Mexico museum has no right to an art collection painter Georgia O'Keeffe donated to Fisk University 50 years ago.

The court acknowledged in a ruling filed Tuesday that O'Keeffe placed certain conditions on the gift of 101 artworks but said any right she had to most of those works ended when she died.

A lower court rejected attempts by the financially struggling university to sell two paintings or an equal share of the collection to an Arkansas museum.

The O'Keeffe Museum objected, saying Fisk's plan violated a bequest condition that the works be displayed together. The court rejected the contention that the art should go to the O'Keeffe museum, which represents the painter's estate.

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