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by Allison Meier on June 20, 2014

"Mars and Venus," recently reattributed to Nicolas Poussin, oil on canvas (17th century) (via Louvre)

“Mars and Venus,” recently reattributed to Nicolas Poussin, oil on canvas (17th century) (image via Louvre)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

This Wednesday the American Alliance of Museums unanimously voted to revoke the Delaware Art Museum’s accreditation, and with it the institution’s ability to receive works on loan. The decision followed the sale of a Pre-Raphaelite painting, one of the several works the museum is planning to deaccession to raise revenue. The AAMD stated it viewed the museum as “treating its works from its collection as disposable assets, rather than irreplaceable cultural heritage that it holds in trust for people now and in the future.” Here is Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the museum’s controversial artwork sales.

Artist Zwelethu Mthethwa’s trial for an alleged murder is set for this November. Here’s Hyperallergic’s ongoing coverage.

20 previously unpublished poems by Pablo Neruda were uncovered by his foundation in Santiago, Chile, the New York Times reported. The editorial director of Neruda’s Spanish publisher, Seix Barral, called the discovery “the biggest find in Spanish literature in recent years.”

The Donetsk cultural center in Ukraine was seized by pro-Russian separatists.

YouTube announced it would eliminate independent label video content from those which haven’t subscribed to its new music service.

As of this Wednesday, Twitter supports GIFs.

Despite political sentiment, Russian art is doing swell at auctions, with high sales at MacDougall’s, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s.

The former Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is already wrecked to make way for a new condo. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the closing of the famed 109-year-old space.

A new website for digital art called The Space is getting support from Ai Weiwei, who contributed material for its 24-hour launch at the Tate Modern.

Future High Line home of Lisson Gallery (courtesy Lisson Gallery, photograph by Jason Schmidt.)

Future High Line home of Lisson Gallery (courtesy Lisson Gallery, photograph by Jason Schmidt)

London-based Lisson Gallery will open a new space next year below the High Line.

Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Warhol Superstar and artist Ultra Violet, died at the age of 78.

Bang on a Can is collaborating with the Jewish Museum. The music collective is hosting concerts coinciding with exhibitions in a yearlong project.

Robert Morgenthau, who served as the founding chairman of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, is giving its stewardship to Bruce Ratner, a real-estate developer.

A 19th-century one-cent stamp went for $9.5 million at Sotheby’s. Although below the estimate of $10 million to $20 million, it still set a record.

Art by late heiress and recluse Huguette Clark went to auction at Christie’s, with two paintings reaching sales of $19,000.

The Smithsonian Institution is seeking permission from a federal judge to change the designated of use the bequeathed life savings of an entomologist. The funds were intended to buy bugs. Acquiring insects has become much more difficult than in the past, and the Smithsonian wants to use the money for research and other supplies.

A painting (pictured at the top of this post) by Nicolas Poussin long attributed to a follower was reattributed at the Louvre.

Ancient artifacts looted by the Nazis were returned by Germany to Greece.

Prehistoric rock art in southern Libya was discovered destroyed by vandals.

Next Monday the new $103 million Center for Civil and Human Rights opens in Atlanta.

MoMA will stage a Björk retrospective opening in March of 2015. The announcement follows the museum’s acquisition of the Biophilia app released with her eighth album.

Allison Rodman, communications manager for the Armory Show, was named the new MoMA PS1 director of communications.

Stanley Marsh 3, who made the Texas outsider art icon Cadillac Ranch in the 1970s, died at the age of 79.

Kentile Floors sign in Gowanus (photograph by Santos Gonzalez, via Flickr)

Kentile Floors sign in Gowanus (photograph by Santos Gonzalez, via Flickr)

Tonight the Kentile Floors sign in Gowanus will illuminate a final time before it is dismantled. The 20-foot letters will be given by owner Ely Cohen to the Gowanus Alliance, which hopes to find them a new home.

To bring awareness to the preservation of the Miami Marine Stadium, nine artists will paint murals on the abandoned structure.

Carsten Höller built an over 100-foot “Vitra Slide Tower” at the campus of Vitra furniture company, which includes a revolving clock and a corkscrew tube slide.

StoryCorps is opening an exhibition component in its space in the Chicago Cultural Center, with interactive displays focused on its extensive archive of recorded stories.

Marie Claire magazine is launching an art prize for French artists in the fall.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was selected to build the tallest structure in Scandinavia.

Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art received $10 million from an anonymous donor.

The Treasure of Lima exhibition is interring art by big names like Marina Abramovic, Olafur Eliasson, Ed Ruscha, Ryan Trecartin, and Raymond Pettibon on the Isla del Coco off the coast of Costa Rica. The project purports to constrast “historical legends of buried treasure with the island’s real status [as] a natural treasure worthy of protection.”

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