Ocean II, 2010 © Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010. Courtesty Gagosian Gallery

According to the New York Times, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has acquired four Andreas Gursky photographs from the artist’s Gagosian Gallery exhibition, which we covered here.  It is unknown how much it paid, but the photographs, based on existing satellite imagery, carried the asking price of $680,000 apiece. LACMA received the funds from an anonymous source and from Steven F. Roth, executive vice president of the World Oil Corporation. The timely acquisition is of particular relevance and urgency given the current oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. A space will be designed specifically for the pieces and they will be featured as the centerpiece for the global museum.

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