Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
The $20 million lawsuit that heirs of Alexander Calder filed in 2010 against the late artist’s dealer Klaus G. Perls’s estate — claiming that he and his family kept hundreds of pieces of Calder’s work and sold fakes — was dismissed. According to the New York Times, the justice’s decision stated that the charges were “an incoherent stew of irrelevance and innuendo” and “so patently inadequate that the court can only conclude they were brought solely for the purpose of harassment or embarrassment.”
An obscenity case against the Turkish translator and publisher of an edition of Les exploits d’un jeune Don Juan by Apollinaire that began in 2010 continues. Charges have already been acquitted once and then reversed, and now they’ve been suspended for a period of three years.
A letter that was misfiled and forgotten in the attic of the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan was revealed to be a significant draft of a Revolutionary War–era document. It’s now planned to be sold on January 26 at Keno Auctions, where it’s estimated to bring in between $100,000 and $400,000.
Some 11 rare flutes belonging to musician Boujemaa Razgui were destroyed by US Customs and Border Protection officials at JFK airport, citing the fear that they could bring “exotic plant pathogens” into the country.
Architect Santiago Calatrava is being sued by the city of Valencia because pieces of the roof of his futuristic (and very expensive) opera house are crumbling off.
Michael Werner Gallery is embattled with the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea in a $1.35 million legal case over sculptures by James Lee Byars that the gallery loaned and says were damaged.
The Aswan Museum in Egypt found that 96 objects had vanished from their storage, and an insider theft is suspected.
After seven years on the job, Aaron Betsky is stepping down as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.
In February, Steven Kern, the executive director of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, will step in as director and chief executive of the Newark Museum. Kern replaces Mary Sue Sweeney Price, who had served in the role for two decades before her May retirement.
A man was arrested in a sting operation for stealing brain specimens from the Indiana Medical History Museum and then attempting to sell them on eBay.
A Belgian woman is suing Sotheby’s, claiming they mishandled the assessment and sale of her stamp collection.
John Dominis, a photographer best known for over two decades of work with LIFE magazine, passed away at the age of 92.
A satellite of Paris’s Centre Pompidou will open in Málaga, Spain, in 2015, the port city’s mayor announced.
The attic apartment where Jimi Hendrix lived in London — which just happens to be in the building where the composer Handel also lived (although not, of course, at the same time) — is opening as a museum through a $2 million grant.
Diane Wright, marketing and communications director of the Pilchuck Glass School, is joining the Chrysler Museum of Art as the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass, replacing Kelly Conway, who left the role in September.
The Free Library in Philadelphia has completed its acquisition of the Rosenbach Museum and Library, including its collection of around 410,000 rare books and other objects.
Sculptor Antony Gormley has been knighted.
Tom de Kay was named the new editor-in-chief of BlouinArtinfo.
An iconic mural of a frog by musician Daniel Johnston in Austin, Texas, was defaced with profanity by a woman who claimed it was speaking to her.