Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Cornelius Gurlitt, son of German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, will return some of the Nazi-era looted art in his stash to the descendents of its former Jewish owners. The restitution will start with Matisse’s “Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair” going to the family of French art dealer Paul Rosenberg. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the Gurlitt story here.
Shareholders of Bonhams are reportedly considering putting the auction house up for sale in the wake of its strong successes. Meanwhile, Patrick Meade was named CEO of Bonhams’ United States operations and James Hendy its chief operating officer of US business.
A lawsuit is charging that two antique dealers in New York stole some one million dollars in maritime artifacts from Frank Braynard, who started the South Street Seaport Museum. The items included valuable Titanic memorabilia.
A bid to protect the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street in Manhattan was turned down by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the planned demolition of the 1920s building here.
The Tate London is returning John Constable’s “Beaching a Boat, Brighton” (1824), which was looted from a Jewish Hungarian art collector in Budapest during World War II.
India is asking for the return of two allegedly stolen Hindu statues from the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The artifacts were bought in 2008 from New York dealer Subhash Kapoor, who is standing trial in India for antiquities looting.
American Indian tribal delegations will demand the return of scalps held by the Karl May Museum in Germany during the institution’s May festival honoring the novelist who wrote about the American West.
Hadrian’s Wall Trust, which takes care of Hadrian’s Wall, built in 122–30 CE, had all of its funding cut.
The area in Astoria bordered by 31st Street, 34th Avenue, Steinway Street, and 37th Avenue is officially being designated as an arts district. The Kaufman Arts District, named for Kaufman Astoria Studios, will include the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens Council on the Arts, and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Graham Fagen was chosen to represent Scotland at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Bernd Leifeld, the managing director of Documenta who oversaw four editions, will step down on April 1. His position will be filled by Annette Kulenkampff, director of publications at Hatje Cantz, starting June 1.
Christina Nielsen, formerly an assistant curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, was named the William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Director of Program Planning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum was evacuated when a briefcase was found alongside an unconcious person in the museum galleries.
A new rule in the UK will ban prisoners from receiving books in the mail.
Kyle Abraham, recent recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” award, is premiering his New York Live Arts resident commissioned artist pieces this September, collaborating with Glenn Ligon on visual design and Robert Glasper on music. The dance works will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 20th anniversary of the end of South African apartheid.
Susi Kenna has been chronicling her art history–themed nails on Tumblr, with designs ranging from Shirley Jaffe to Barry McGee to Yayoi Kusama.