Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
A children’s rights group successfully lobbied for the removal of a sculpture by the Chapman Brothers from the MAXXI contemporary art museum in Rome. The Italian Observatory for the Rights of the Child described “Piggyback,” which depicts two girls, one of whom has a penis sticking out her mouth, as “paedo-pronographic.” The controversy follows Jake Chapman’s recent comment that taking children to art museums and galleries is “a total waste of time.”
The Art Newspaper reported that a fight may be brewing between Spain’s National Heritage office and El Museo del Prado. The Heritage Office allegedly requested the return of four of the museum’s most famous artworks, including Rogier van der Weyden’s “Descent from the Cross” (c. 1435) and Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (c. 1490–1510).
London’s National Gallery ended its strict no-photography policy. The Evening Standard quoted a number of art historians and critics who criticized the move, including writer Michael Savage, who believes that the change will turn the museum into “selfie central.”
Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash were killed in a bomb explosion, the first journalists who’ve died in the latest Gaza conflict.
The Israeli Security Agency banned artist Khaled Jarrar from leaving Palestine to attend the launch of his new work in Helsinki. Jarrar was also stopped from coming to New York last month for the opening of several exhibitions he’s involved in.
The Museum of Modern Art, Warhol Museum, and visual effects company MPC are collaborating to digitize hundreds of Andy Warhol films, many of which have never been seen. The project will take several years to complete.
Missouri Southern State University found 320 pieces of 19th- and early-20th-century African art under a stairwell. The works, which had been in storage for over 15 years, will be researched and preserved this fall.
Artist Maximo Caminero pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and was sentenced to probation for smashing an Ai Weiwei vase at the Pérez Art Museum Miami this past February. See Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the incident here.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has appealed a Florida court’s decision to award $24.6 million to three of its trustees.
Photographer David LaChapelle is suing his former agent, Fred Torres, for $2.8 million in unpaid work sales.
Corcoran Gallery Interim Director Peggy Loar terminated an instructor, Jayne McLellan, who is a vocal opponent of the controversial plan to dissolve the museum. See Hyperallergic’s ongoing coverage of the Corcoran dissolution here.
Demand Media bought Saatchi Art Online for $17 million in cash and stock.
Artspace has been acquired by Phaidon Press, which is owned by billionaire Leon Black (the man who in 2012 purchased one of four pastel versions of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” for $119.9 million).
Publisher and collector Peter Brant purchased Walter De Maria’s studio for $27 million.
The La Jolla Music Society raised $50 million for the construction of a new performing arts center in San Diego.
Banksy’s artwork “Spy Booth,” which is being preserved by businessman Hekmat Kaveh on the street in Cheltenham, England, was damaged for the second time in two weeks.
Three more institutions are joining STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), a Philadelphia program that offers free museum admission for city high school students; 11,000 kids signed up during the program’s first year, a figure ten times greater than projected.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced its nominees for the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. They include Cory Arcangel, Frances Stark, Swoon, and Mickalene Thomas.
Sydney-based artist Tony Albert was awarded the 31st Telsta National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The winning work was inspired by a 2012 shooting of two Aboriginal Australian teenagers by Sydney police.
Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired the archives of Granary Books, a small, New York City–based press responsible for the publication of around 125 artist books.
Gallerists Scott Zieher, Andrea Smith Zieher, and C. Sean Horton announced their new joint venture, Zieher Smith & Horton.
The board of directors of nonprofit Chicago Artists Coalition announced Caroline Older as the organization’s new executive director.
Auction house Bonhams expanded its Prints and Photography departments with two major hires.
Laurence King published “The Art Game,” a series of artist trump cards designed by James Cahill and Mikkel Sommer (photo at top of post).