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by Allison Meier on December 6, 2013

First floor of the New Industries Building at Alcatraz, site of the exhibition Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz (September 27, 2014–April 26, 2015); photo: Jan Stürmann, courtesy FOR-SITE Foundation

First floor of the New Industries Building at Alcatraz, future site of the exhibition “Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” (photo by Jan Stürmann, courtesy FOR-SITE Foundation)

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

The results of the Christie’s appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts were revealed, showing that the collection would raise around $452 million to $866 million if it were sold, the New York Times reported.

Bolshoi Ballet star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men were convicted of perpetrating an acid attack on Bolshoi Artistic Director Sergei Filin.

A small Renoir painting is the subject of a heated court battle between the Baltimore Museum of Art and Saidie A. May, who says she bought the stolen painting at a flea market.

Derek Gilman announced he is resigning as executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, a role he has held since 2006, and will become a visiting professor at Drexel University.

Okwui Enwezor, who has been serving as director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, was named visual arts director of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Ai Weiwei will be storming Alcatraz with installations of new site-specific art in several of the prison island’s buildings. The exhibition, organized by FOR-SITE Foundation with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, will open at the end of next September.

Kadir Nelson, "Madiba," the cover image for next week's New Yorker (via newyorker.com)

Kadir Nelson, “Madiba,” the cover image for next week’s “New Yorker” (via newyorker.com) (click to view larger)

As a tribute to his passing, the December 16 issue of the New Yorker will feature on its cover “Madiba” — a drawing by Kadir Nelson of Nelson Mandela.

A new Norman Rockwell sale record was set at Sotheby’s, where the artist’s “Saying Grace” went for $46,085,000.

The never-realized home of Louisiana ArtWorks, which was meant to be an art center in New Orleans, is currently be auctioned, the Times-Picayune reported.

A Dallas art collector attempted, but failed, to buy about 10,000 tickets in a raffle for a 1914 Picasso painting, violating the rule of only up to 50 tickets per person. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the raffle.

The $10.5 million renovation of the Southwestern Museum by the Autry National Center, which merged with the museum in 2003, is drawing heavy criticism for spending taxpayer money and yet only being open one day a week.

Art dealer Daniel Wolf purchased the former Yonkers city jail to house his collection, as well as a studio space for his wife, Maya Lin.

According to a Library of Congress study, 75% of the 10,919 silent films created between 1912 and 1929 have been lost.

The New Museum appointed Julia Kaganskiy as director of their new art, technology, and design incubator.

An diorama painted by Fred F. Scherer at the American Museum of Natural History (photograph by the author)

A diorama painted by Fred F. Scherer at the American Museum of Natural History (photograph by the author)

Fred F. Scherer, who painted many of the dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History in New York, passed away.

The new California Institute of Arts’ (CalArts) studio building is set to be named after John Baldessari, who, along with Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems, Tony Oursler, and others, donated work to be sold in the spring as a building fundraiser.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh received a £2.7 million grant (about $4.4 million) from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand its museum.

The National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian was granted $1 million from the Aracadia Fund for the launch of an endangered language preservation project.

Plans were revealed for the expansion of the Norton Museum of Art in Florida by Foster + Partners.

Cristiana Ronaldo, soccer star with Real Madrid, is opening a museum devoted to himself on his Portuguese island birthplace.

The new Perez Art Museum in Miami has opened to the public.

The "teepee church" designed by Bruce Goff (photograph by the author)

The “teepee church” designed by Bruce Goff (photograph by the author)

The Bruce Goff–designed “teepee” church — a work of mid-century architecture in Oklahoma City using materials from oil fields — received an anonymous $50,000 donation for its restoration. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the building.

The Bridgeport, Connecticut, Discovery Museum and Planetarium is selling a sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington to raise money to buy a satellite to collect information on space dust.

That mysteriously spinning Manchester Museum statue was revealed to be making its rotations due to outside traffic vibrations. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the “cursed” statue.

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