Last December Glasstire spoke with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Senior Curator Andrea Karnes about Wangechi Mutu’s The Seated III, 2019, a newly acquired sculpture by the museum. She says that upon hearing about The Met commission [of Mutu’s The Seated series] in 2019, she spoke with Gladstone Gallery, who represent’s Mutu, about availability.
When the gallery responded that editions were still available, Karnes recounted: “I spoke with Marla [Price, The Modern’s Director], and she said yes before I could finish my sentence! I was holding an image of The Seated III and I think her exact words were ‘Do not delay.'” Price and Karnes traveled to the Met to see the sculptures firsthand before presenting the work to the Modern’s acquisition committee, who agreed unanimously on the purchase.