Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
An FBI agent stated that there have been confirmed sightings of some of the art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990.
In an interview on Democracy Now picked up by Ben Davis, James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co., reported that the Art Basel fair was involved in sponsor Credit Suisse’s recent tax evasion case. The firm “would send bankers undercover to [the] big Miami art convention, every year and meet clients,” Henry said.
China’s Lucheng museum was shut down by the police when it was revealed that of its 8,000 or so objects, a whole third were fake.
The Cleveland Museum of art released a statement that an ancient Cambodian statue held by the museum that officials in Cambodia believed to be looted has “no physical evidence to confirm” it was stolen.
Harper Lee’s trademark lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown, with allegations aimed at its profiting from her book To Kill a Mockingbird, was reinstated by a federal judge this week.
Pastor Kevin Sutherland was sentenced to six months of jail for attempting to sell forged Damien Hirsts to an undercover cop posing as a New York collector. Here’s Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the Sutherland case.
An oil painting bought at an antiques shop in northeastern Spain in 1988 has been certified as Salvador Dalí’s first Surrealist work, made when he was 17 years old.
Two altar pieces by Bill Viola for London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral went on view May 21 — the first video art to have such a spiritually prestigious permanent installation.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts received an art bequest from the estate of Paul Mellon, a dedicated donor to the museum and a trustee who passed away this March, including works by Pissarro, Gauguin, and van Gogh. (The van Gogh is pictured at left.)
The Leon Levy Foundation gave $5 million to the Brooklyn Museum for the endowment of its director position.
The Israel Museum acquired Gustav Klimt’s “Die Medizin (Kompositionsentwurf)” (1897–98), the only remainder of the series of large-scale works he created for the Great Hall at the University of Vienna, subsequently destroyed during WWII. (An image of the painting is shown at the top of this post.)
The Modern Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be getting a major overhaul, with the exact plans yet to be decided.
Morgan Library & Museum Director William M. Griswold will be the new Cleveland Museum of Art director.
Todd DeShields Smith, formerly of the Tampa Museum of Art, was named the director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art.
The trees removed to build the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive are being salvaged for its interior design.
Saudi Arabia will be funding some 230 museums with $1.7 billion.
Pace University is launching the Pace School of Performing Arts.
The Paris studio where Picasso painted “Guernica” (1937) and lived for 19 years has been recommended for protection by a historic preservation panel.
The National Portrait Gallery acquired Will Cotton’s portrait of Katy Perry, which will go on display June 18.
The Creation Museum acquired the skeleton of an Allosaurus. According to the museum, the dinosaur is just 4,3000 years old — a little short of the millions of years that most all scientists adhere to.
The believed skeleton of Richard III, found in a Leicester parking lot, will be interred in Leicester Cathedral, despite a court case that battled for him to be buried in York.
A 42,000-year-old woolly mammoth baby known as Lyuba is going on display at the London Natural History Museum.
Katharina Grosse has been awarded the Oskar-Schlemmer-Prize, which was formerly known as the Great State Prize for Fine Arts of the Federal State of Baden Wurttemberg.