Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
A car bomb near the Museum of Islamic Art and the Egyptian National Library and Archives in Cairo killed four people and left 70 injured. Inside the museum materials were damaged and some of the ceiling collapsed.
Brian Ramnarine, the foundry owner accused of making unauthorized copies of artworks, including Jasper Johns’s “Flag,” pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud on Monday, and will be sentenced on May 30. The trial included testimony from Johns himself.
The Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award given to an artist in their Made in LA biennial has returned. However, it will also be joined by a Career Achievement Award and a Public Recognition Award. According to LA Weekly: “Many in the city’s close-knit artist community were uncomfortable with both the huge award and its American Idol-style voting structure, which they felt would lead to competitive behavior, a watered-down appreciation of the art at hand, and a predictably crowd-pleasing winner.”
The National 9/11 Museum is set to open in mid May.
A bill proposed in the Oklahoma State Legislature would cut funding to the state arts council by 25% through 2018. It follows a similar bill that died last January.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building, closed since 2004, will not open this fall as previously planned, due to financial issues.
The holiday home of Fernando Botero in Colombia was consumed by flames, but the artist got out unharmed and his studio was saved.
The oldest Roman temple known to exist might have been discovered right on Rome’s central Capitoline Hill, NPR reports.
After coming under criticism, the Seattle Art Museum amended its Super Bowl wager with the Denver Art Museum from a sacred British Columbia tribal mask to a 1901 Japanese screen. Depending on the winning team, the screen or Denver’s wager of a bronze Remington will spend three months on loan at the rival museum.
Artist and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto, displeased with his experiences exhibiting in museums, is opening his own in 2016, to be located southwest of Tokyo. The cantilevered Odawara Art Foundation will have a rectangular gallery edging over the Pacific Ocean.
The largest museum of Mayan history in Central America is being designed for Guatemala City by Harry Gugger Studio. The Museo Maya de América is aimed to be completed in 2017.
A museum dedicated to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez opened in Havana, Cuba.
Folioleaf — an affordable print project by gallerist Todd Masters — and art dealer Stephen Romano are both moving into 111 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Two Trees Management Co. announced. Fellow tenant Minus Space is also relocating to a larger space within the building.
The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas announced the 18 works acquired for 2013 — its 10th anniversary year — including art by Sterling Ruby, Tony Cragg, David Bates (pictured at the top of this post), James Magee, Claes Oldenburg, Jaume Plensa, and Thomas Houseago.
Vincent van Gogh’s two versions of the “Sunflowers” painting are being displayed alongside each other for the first time in 65 years at the National Gallery in London.
Sotheby’s announced that Alexander Rotter and Cheyenne Westphal will serve as the new heads of their Contemporary Art department worldwide, while Helena Newman and Simon Shaw will be the new heads of their Impressionist and Modern Art department worldwide.
Carolina Garcia Jayaram was named the new chief executive officer of United States Artists. Jayaram has served as the executive director of the Chicago Artists Coalition since 2010.
The creator of the Wee Pals comic strip, Morrie Turner, passed away at the age of 90. Turner was the first African-American artist to have a nationally syndicated column.
Painter Bernard Perlin passed away at the age of 95.