Art Movements

by Allison Meier on December 20, 2013

Vincent van Gogh, "Green Wheat Fields, Auvers" (1890) (courtesy Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art)

Vincent van Gogh, “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” (1890) (via Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art)

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

The ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London — currently home to the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — collapsed on an audience of 720 and injured 88 people.

A $54 million, five-year endowment campaign for 29 staff roles was completed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The New Museum will be turning its fifth floor into a spacecraft inspired by 1960s Czech science fiction in January.

Director of Printed Matter James Jenkin is stepping down in February to take a director of enterprise management position at the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which focuses on ”social enterprises that provide new economic opportunities for underserved communities.”

Amy Cappellazzo, chair of post-war and contemporary development at Christie’s, is leaving the auction house next year.

Jane Alison, who had been serving as senior curator, was named the Head of Visual Arts at London’s Barbican Centre.

Vincent van Gogh’s “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” (1890) is going on view at the National Gallery in Washington, DC this Friday, the first time the rarely seen painting will have been shown in the United States since 1966. It was recently acquired by the museum and will be displayed alongside other works by van Gogh.

Despite resistance from Sperone Westwater Gallery, a 25-story hotel will be built by Ian Schrager at 215 Chrystie Street.

Christie’s first auction in India saw the $3.8 million sale of a painting by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, a record for an Indian artist.

Clark campus from Stone Hill (rendering by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates)

Clark campus from Stone Hill (rendering by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates)

On July 4, 2014, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will open its revamped campus. The campus includes an expanded museum, renovated research center, and visitor center, with work by architects Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf with landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand.

The Mauritshuis in the Hague — best known as the museum home to Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” — is set to reopen on June 27, 2014.

Next February, the Center for Italian Modern Art will open in Soho to focus on 20th century Italian art.

A 25-year-old American won a “million-dollar” Picasso for a 100 euro ticket in an online raffle. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the raffle.

German abstract painter Günther Förg died on December 5.

1992 painting by Frank Lobdell in the Stanford Museum (via rocor/Flickr user)

1992 painting by Frank Lobdell in the Stanford Museum (via rocor/Flickr user)

The Bay Area-based Abstract Expressionist Frank Lobdell passed away at the age of 92. A memorial exhibition is planned for next May at San Francisco gallery Hackett Mill.

George Rodrigue — best known for his paintings of a solemn blue dog — died last Saturday at the age of 69.

The new $44 million visitor center for Stonehenge opened on Wednesday. However, druids — led by senior druid King Arthur Pendragon — held a protest against the new center in response to its display of human remains.

A 30-foot-tall bronze statue of the late Nelson Mandela had its unveiling in Pretoria at government headquarters.

An apartment in Tribeca selling for $10 million has a Keith Haring mural that was revealed during renovations, New York Magazine reported.

The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe will be hosting the only American stop of an exhibition of drawings by Francisco de Goya and other Spanish artists in March.

Actor Ryan O’Neal was ruled the owner of a Warhol portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett after he was sued by the University of Texas for ownership under a claim that Fawcett had intended to bequeath it to the school.

A painting that may have been Andy Warhol’s first art sale — back when he was still Andy Warhola and a Carnegie Institute of Technology art student — was donated by its only owner to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, the New York Times reported.

Following 23 months of renovations, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, is reopening on December 21.

Despite its rejection by New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral, Pope France blessed Timothy Schmalz’s “Jesus the Homeless” — a bronze of Jesus sleeping on a bench — and it may be installed permanently in Rome.

A helmet kept in storage for 100 years was revealed to be misclassified, and after its rediscovery in the collections of the Springfield Science Museum it was revealed to be a very rare Tlingit War Helmet.

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