Art Movements

Jacob van Ruisdael, "Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield" (1656), oil on canvas, 41 x 57 1/2 in. (courtesy Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth)
Jacob van Ruisdael, “Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield” (1656), oil on canvas, 41 x 57 1/2 in (courtesy Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth)

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

Cornell University President David J. Skorton was named the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, where he replaces G. Wayne Clough, retiring at the end of 2014. The position leads all 19 of the Smithsonian’s museums as well as the National Zoo and nine research organizations.

Earlier this month at the Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia, the booth of the Beirut-based Arab Network for Research and Publishing was shut down and destroyed. The recently founded press focuses on publishing new perspectives on history and religion by Saudis and other Arabs.

After selling George Bellows’s “Men of the Docks” (1912) the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Virginia was sanctioned by the Association of Art Museum Directors. The painting was sold to the National Gallery of Art in London to fund the college’s operating budget, which is not allowed according to AAMD rules, and the sale was especially controversial because the work was purchased by students as a gift to the school in the 1920s.

In the latest in a string of harassment and sexual assault accusations, another model came forward with allegations against photographer Terry Richardson.

Norman Rockwell, "Sport"
Norman Rockwell, “Sport” (1939) (image via

A long-vanished Norman Rockwell painting, “Sport” (1939), was found. It had disappeared from its Queens storage facility in October 2013 and was tracked down in Ohio by a private investigator.

The Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx may be turning into the Universal Hip Hop Museum, an institution dedicated to the history and culture of hip-hop. The project is backed by pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.

A work by Paul Klee hidden behind another of the artist’s drawings was discovered by the Speed Art Museum.

The geologist who in 1974 in New South Wales discovered the Mungo Man, a 40,000-year-old skeleton, is campaigning for the repatriation of the bones.

A protest was held in Belgrade in response to an agreement that would move Nikola Tesla’s ashes within the city from the Tesla Museum to the Saint Sava cathedral.

Preservation protection is being sought for the Stonewall Inn, Julius’ Bar, and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse — all sites essential to LGBT history in New York.

Prior to the opening of the 2014 Armory Show, Zach Feuer sold four pieces through Instagram. As Artnet News reported, the use of Instagram is an increased focus for galleries in pre-fair sales.

Four years after its founding, the emerging-arts-focused DODGEgallery on the Lower East Side is closing in April.

North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau confirmed that a merger between the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bass Museum is being sought.

Sandra Jackson-Dumont , deputy director for education and public programs at the Seattle Art Museum, was named the new chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Czech filmmaker Vera Chytilova, an influential figure in the country’s 1960s New Wave cinema, died at the age of 85.

The Harvard Museums, which include the Arthur M. Sackler, the Busch-Reisinger, and the Fogg, will all reopen this November 16 after renovations that started in 2008.

Graffiti on the Great Wall of china (photograph by Preston Rhea, via Flickr)
Graffiti on the Great Wall of China (photo by Preston Rhea, via Flickr)

The Serpentine Gallery’s temporary summer pavilion will be designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, and will have a semi-transparent shell around a suspended disk shape.

In response to rampant vandalism, the Great Wall of China will have a designated graffiti area.

Animal sculptures in the sobriety garden of Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital Center were vandalized. The garden was created by outpatients in the hospital’s chemical dependency program in the 1980s and ’90s.

The sculpture of an ancient Egyptian princess was found in Luxor by archaeologists.

Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum acquired Dutch landscape artist Jacob van Ruisdael’s “Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield” (1656) (shown at the top of this post).

Budapest has launched four architectural competitions for the designs of five new museums to be built in the city’s new cultural quarter.

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