Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Art Review released their 2013 Power 100, in which they rank the most powerful members of the art world. Leading the list are Qatari royal and art spendthrift Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, gallerist David Zwirner, gallerist Iwan Wirth, and ever-expanding gallerist Larry Gagosian.
Three Romanian men have pled guilty for the theft last October of works by Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, and Matisse from the Kunsthal Rotterdam museum; the works are still missing and possibly burned to ashes. One of the defendants has even threatened to sue the museum, on the grounds that the theft was too easy.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it can now charge admission, following an amendment with the City of New York to its 1878 lease which “confirms and continues the 42-year-long agreement under which the Met and the City first established, and has since maintained, a discretionary admission policy for the institution.”
In the ongoing debacle over Christo’s proposed Over the River installation, ROAR has filed a notice to appeal in state court, which had upheld the Colorado Board of Parks Outdoor Recreation’s approval of the project. Here is Hyperallergic’s coverage of the September ruling in Christo’s favor.
Sculptor Anthony Caro passed away this week, his vibrant abstraction loomed large in 20th century sculpture.
For the first time post-Hurricane Sandy, the Ellis Island museum is reopening, although without its artifacts which are still in storage as repairs continue.
The 2 Mississippi Museums project broke ground Thursday in Jackson; it will be the first state-funded civil rights museum in the United States.
A work by Gustav Klimt currently on display in London’s National Gallery that is believed to have been stolen by the Nazis has some arguing it shouldn’t be returned to the Austrian gallery from which it is on loan.
A long-lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci in a Milan castle is being revealed by art restorers.
Dave Kehr, a film journalist who started in Chicago and has had a column for 14 years in the New York Times, was appointed Adjunct Curator in the Depratment of Film at MoMA.
David Mickenberg is leaving his position as head of the Taubman Museum of Art in Virginia to be president of the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania.
Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed a smog vacuum cleaner, and recently got an agreement from the mayor of Beijing to test it out in a park.
The Chicago History Museum is asking the public through online crowdsourcing to help decide the theme of a new exhibition.
American artist Jim Dine is donating hundreds of his Pop Art prints to the British Museum, the Art Newspaper reports.
The new Perez Art Museum Miami will soon be open with hanging gardens designed to be resistant to a Category 5 hurricane, according to WVSN.
The new Maritime Museum of Denmark is being constructed completely underground in a decommissioned dry dock in order to not disrupt a protected historic site.
Merlin Entertainment, which owns the Madame Tussauds wax museums, is planning to go public to raise their funds through stock.
Keith Haring’s “We the Youth” mural in South Philadelphia has been restored.
In order to save some of the city’s over 6,000 empty buildings, St. Louis is filing to set aside $500,000 a year for a preservation fund to “mothball” them for future development, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
What is arguably the most significant archive on ice-skating shows, held by collector Roy Blakey, is in need of a permanent home, the New York Times reports.
Swoon is the newest artist to take over the wall at Bowery and Houston in NYC, with a mural that marks the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
The violin that serenaded passengers on the sinking Titanic was sold for £900,000 at auction.
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