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Abramović disputes New York Post story

Nov 15, 2017 6:30 am

Artist Marina Abramović Tue., Nov. 14, released a statement disputing details contained in the New York Post front page story, "The Art of the Steal," published Sunday. The Post reported in the wake of Abramović's announcement last month that she would not pursue plans to turn a building in Hudson into her Center for the Preservation of Performance Arts, questions had emerged over what happened to the $2.2 million she raised for the project, including donations from nearly 5,000 donors in a Kickstarter campaign. "Normally I wouldn't care what was written in a tabloid newspaper, but the allegations are so false, libelous and in every way untrue that I must address them," Abramović wrote. She argued the majority of the funds raised for the Marina Abramović Institute since 2011 came from her. Abramović said she personally contributed more than $1.2 million in cash to the institute, on top of the $1.2 million spent to purchase and maintain the building, which was donated to the institute in 2013. Abramović also said the Kickstarter campaign netted $597,000 for the institute, but the schematic drawings the campaign was created to fund, actually cost $655,000. She also said the Kickstarter backers who did not receive their promised rewards are likely the people who failed to respond to requests for information. "I reject the New York Post’s allegations of theft. The Kickstarter funds were directed for the purpose intended," Abramović said.