Art Movements

by Allison Meier on December 13, 2013

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt," auctioned in support of UNICEF at Bonhams (via

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “The Portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt,” auctioned in support of UNICEF at Bonhams (via

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

The 24 Hopi masks that were controversially sold at a Paris auction this week were revealed to have been bought by the US-based Annenberg Foundation for $530,000. The foundation stated it is returning the masks to the tribe in Arizona.

A reward of $30,000 is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who has been targeting the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. The art house project has been hit by eight fires since May.

Hiram Noel Mendez is being charged with stealing paintings from Ronnie Cutrone, Andy Warhol’s assistant, after his death this July.

A Fragonard portrait (shown at the top of this post) was auctioned for $27.9 million at Bonhams, the profit going to UNICEF. It’s one part of the collection of Dr. Rau who bequeathed his art to UNICEF upon his death in 2002.

The Taiwan rubber duck in its glory days (photograph by MiNe/Flickr user)

The Taiwan rubber duck in its glory days (photograph by MiNe/Flickr user)

Florentjin Hofman’s 59-foot-tall rubber duck exploded following Thursday’s earthquake in Taiwan.

Aaron Freedman, former manager of Art of the Past gallery in Manhattan, pled guilty for his part in a conspiracy to sell millions of dollars worth of stolen Buddhist and Hindu antiquities.

The legal battle over an 1897 Pissarro painting worth an estimated $20 million that was seized by Nazis has been revived.

A Cambodian statue that was looted in the 1970s and later pulled from a Sotheby’s auction in 2011 has been returned to the country after an intense legal battle.

Jorge Daniel Veneciano, former director of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska, has been appointed executive director of El Museo del Barrio in New York.

Deborah F. Rutter, who has served as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, was named the third president of the Kennedy Center.

Alfredo Gangotena, the Chief Marketing Officer at MasterCard, was named the chief marketing officer of Sotheby’s.

The Guggenheim announced the short list of artists for the Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, Steve McQueen, and Charline von Heyl.

Martin Sharp, the Australian psychedelic artist who started Oz magazine and created art for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and other 1960s icons, passed away.

Two of Damien Hirst’s dot prints worth an estimated $54,000 were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in London.

Damien Hirst's "Verity" sculpture in Devon (photograph by Michael Day)

Damien Hirst’s “Verity” sculpture in Devon (photograph by Michael Day)

Just around the corner from his displeasing giant pregnant woman statue that’s brandishing a sword in Devon, England, Hirst has plans for his own town complete with 750 homes.

The National Endowment for the Humanities granted the Tenement Museum $500,000, which will be used to have exhibitions at 103 Orchard Street on the lives of New York City immigrants in the later 20th century.

Artnet, which shut down its online magazine last year, will launch an art news site with “only news … no reviews or commentary,” headed by Benjamin Genocchio, the New York Times reported.

Actor Steve Martin is co-curating an exhibition on late Canadian painter Lawren Harris, which opens in the fall of 2015 at the Hammer Museum.

You can now purchase a Rem Koolhaas-designed skate deck from Dufarge presenting his proposal for a new European Union flag.

Thirteen glass pianos were installed by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn on a San Francisco apartment building.

Stonehenge might actually be a giant musical instrument, a team with the Royal College of Art in London suggested in a new research article.

The Museum of the Stone Spheres opened in Costa Rica for a mysterious archaeological site, although the mystery of why the stone spheres are there remains.

The childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago is being turned into a museum.

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