Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Goodbye 5Pointz: the graffiti center in Long Island City may be demolished by the end of the year following the City Council’s approval this week of the $400 million development plan.
The Detroit Institute of the Arts is working on a proposal to possibly transfer its control from the city to the state, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Over 1,000 works of art believed stolen out of churches and other cultural spaces in Albania by an art-trafficking group were seized by Albanian police.
A previously lost 16th-century painting by Leonardo da Vinci may have been discovered in a Swiss vault.
Conversely, a Norman Rockwell painting worth over a million dollars vanished last month from a storage space in Queens.
In Spain, a painting by Joan Miró that went missing in 2011 has been recovered by police, the Art Newspaper reports, although how it went wandering has yet to be revealed.
A new study shows that the majority of the oldest cave paintings were likely done by women, despite the long belief that they were all done by men, National Geographic reports.
Around 200,000 works of art are on the move from the Louvre in Paris following last week’s government approval for relocation due to the threat of floods from the Seine to their storage cellars.
Meanwhile, a loan of a billion dollars is said to be sought by the developers of the Louvre and Guggenheim outposts in Abu Dhabi.
Juilliard School is launching a scholarship program with a $60 million donation from Bruce and Suzie Kovner aimed at reducing student debt prior to graduation.
The Art Institute of Chicago announced a grant of one million dollars from Cari and Michael J. Sacks to go towards a five-year program of collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools.
MoMA has acquired the Occuprint Portfolio that includes over 30 screenprint posters from Occupy Wall Street, which will soon be available in the study center of the museum.
In January, the Hayward Gallery in London will open the first major survey of art by Martin Creed.
The plans for the 30-acre Menil Collection campus in Houston were revealed as a “gateway” that includes walkways and lush landscape design.
Michael Levitt, the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems,” Stanford reports, also co-designed a sculpture at this year’s Burning Man with his wife, artist Rina Levitt.
A massive Ai Weiwei sculpture involving 3,144 connected bicycles is installed this month in Toronto.
Fabrizo Moretti, the drummer for The Strokes, installed a sculptural installation of tiny astronauts outside Rag + Bone in Manhattan, the Huffington Post reports. People have already started stealing the little cosmonauts.
The 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize is having a call for entries through November 27, “to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition.”
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