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October 10, 2014

Sculptor Makes $20-Million Art Bequest to Oakland Museum

The internationally known Bay Area artist Bruce Beasley will leave his works, archive, and sprawling sculpture garden and studio complex to the Oakland Museum of California, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle report. The bequest is valued at about $20-million.

Mr. Beasley bought an abandoned mill in West Oakland 50 years ago and, over time, combined it with adjacent plots into a work site and showcase for his large abstract sculptures. The property, which the museum will take over upon the 75-year-old artist's death, will be called the Bruce Beasley Sculpture Center. It will house some of his own works and be used for other exhibitions, public programs, and research.