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I was swimming and thought, “This is not what I wanted, given the city’s contributions to public art, and Kerry’s a friend and also a great ambassador for Chicago,” I reached out to him and said, “Look, I don’t want this. If you’re not happy, I don’t want to go forward.”
While Christie’s was highly confident in the market’s interest and enthusiasm for this masterpiece, we are also strong supporters of public art and we are pleased to see this outcome. All parties involved are delighted that Kerry James Marshall’s Knowledge and Wonder will stay in Chicago—that had been a shared goal for the City and Christie’s throughout the sale process, and one we were actively working towards together these last weeks.