The Washington Post reports that Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art has been forced to cancel their highly anticipated exhibition of Sir Paul's paintings because of financial considerations. Longtime donor, the Philip Morris Co. is not providing a grant to the gallery this year. David Levy, the Corcoran Gallery's director told the Post that without the grant, they could not foot the $100,000 bill:"We were wringing our hands about it earlier today, I must tell you. It's a tough time. It was very painful, but we had to bite the bullet."The 70 painting show currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, would have opened in December when Sir Paul will be in Washington D.C. to receive his Kennedy Center honor from President George Bush. Last April when Sir Paul was in Washington for his concert at the MCI Center, Mr. Levy gave Sir Paul a tour of the planned exhibition space. Now, Geoffrey Baker reports that Sir Paul's art agent, Robbie Montgomery, has just received a letter from Mr. Levy expressing regret for the cancellation. Mr. Baker told the Post:"I heard basically that Philip Morris didn't come through with $200,000 for the gallery, and they just haven't got the money. I think they'll do it later."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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