Art Movements

George Bellows, "Men of the Docks" (1912), oil on canvas (via Wikimedia)
George Bellows, “Men of the Docks” (1912), oil on canvas (via Wikimedia)

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

After visiting the damage to the Museum of Islamic Art caused by a truck bomb in Egypt, UNESCO is pledging support from its emergency funds as well as further help both financial and technical.

A George Bellows painting purchased in the 1920s by students at the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, is being sold to the National Gallery in London for $25.5 million. It’s the first American painting acquired by the museum.

This Thursday, it was announced that “St. Philip Baptizing a Servant of Queen Kandaki” by Johann Conrad Seekatz was returned to the Polish Government. Preet Bharara, a Manhattan U.S. Attorney, stated that the painting had been stolen from a national Polish museum by Nazis in World War II.

Khusraw at Shirin’s palace, miniature from a manuscript of the Khamsa of Nizami, Tabriz (Persia), late  15th century, ink and pigments on paper, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art
Khusraw at Shirin’s palace, miniature from the Khamsa of Nizami, Tabriz, late
15th century (The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art)

The Keir Collection, comprising nearly 2,000 works of Islamic art, is going on long-term loan at the Dallas Museum of Art starting in May of this year. The private collection is rarely shown, and will boost the museum’s collection into the third largest focusing on Islamic art in North America.

Kysa Johnson is filing a suit under the Visual Artists Rights Act after the artist discovered that the paintings she was commissioned to create for the Empire State Building concourse were missing.

The Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation gave $10 million to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The gift is the largest ever given to the museum.

Writer and artist René Ricard died. While he appeared in some of Warhol’s films, Ricard was prolific in his own art and arts writing, particularly with his article on Jean-Michel Basquiat in Artforum that helped draw attention to the artist’s career.

A new record was set for Pissarro at auction, when a streetscape that was seized by Nazis and later returned to the family in 2000 was sold for $32 million.

A Stradivarius stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster last month has been recovered.

A prehistoric village discovered beneath downtown Miami may be one of North America’s oldest examples of urban planning.

Brooklyn Academy of Music President Karen Brooks Hopkins announced that after 35 years of service she is planning to leave in June of 2015.

Huntington Library President Steven S. Koblik announced that he will retire in June of 2015.

Ballet star Jean Babilée, known for his ferocious style of movement and deft technique, died at the age of 90.

Arthur Rankin Jr., animator of such stop-motion films as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, died at the age of 89.

Rendering for the Frank Gehry tower in Berlin (© Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines)
Rendering for the Frank Gehry tower in Berlin (© Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines)

Frank Gehry is designing what will be the tallest building in Berlin. And yes, it’s got plenty of twists in its towering façade.

The Marrakesh Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, planned to open in 2016, will have the largest space in the world for photography.

After rejecting George Lucas’s museum plans, the Presidio Trust is offering another potential location.

The empty 19th century Franklin School in Washington, DC, will be revamped into the Institute for Contemporary Expression, a museum for contemporary art.

Two new curators have been appointed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Fionn Meade, who is on the faculty of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Columbia University, is filling the new post of Senior Curator of Cross-Disciplinary Platforms. Glasgow-based Isla Leaver-Yap is also filling a new position, that of Bentson Visiting Film Scholar.

The search for the future home of the Obama presidential library has started, with interest from Hawaii, Illinois, and New York.

The Robinson House at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The structure is planned to open in 2015 as the new Richmond Regional Visitor Center.

The Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas that was founded in 2008 may have to close.

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