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Fisk U. Must Wait 30 Days Before Selling O'Keeffe Painting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fisk University must delay its planned sale of a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe and another major American artist for 30 days to see if money can be raised to keep the two paintings at the financially strapped school. 

The directive came from Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, who has supervisory duties of any charitable gift to Tennesseans. 

He's asked the Nashville university to publicize the proposed sale of O'Keeffe's "Radiator Building -- Night, New York" and Marsden Hartley's "Painting No. 3."

Cooper said he wants to see if there is alternative financing -- whether by donations or some other arrangement -- to keep one or both paintings in the school's collection. 

Fisk had said it wants to send the O'Keeffe painting to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for $7 million and to put the Hartley work on the art market.

O'Keeffe gave Fisk the painting and others in 1949. 

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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