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Richard Serra, “East-West/West-East” in the Qatar desert (via Qatar Museums Authority)

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

Queens Museum President and Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl was named the NYC commissioner of cultural affairs by Mayor Bill de Blasio this week.

British Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigned following investigations into her expenses. Her position is being filled by Sajid Javid, who departs his post as financial secretary to the Treasury.

Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 as part of the AP staff for her work covering the Iraq War, was killed by fire from a policeman in Afghanistan on April 4.

A painting by Rembrandt was identified in storage at the Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska. “Portrait of Dirck van Os,” previously attributed to someone in Rembrandt’s circle, was authenticated by Rembrandt expert Ernst van de Wetering.

As a component of its 2016 expansion project, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is adding over 11,000 square feet for a photography center, which it claims will be the largest space of that kind in the country.

“Snowy Mountain” by Cui Ruzhuo, a painting recently auctioned in Hong Kong for HK$28.75 million (~US$3.7 million), may have been tossed in the trash. Now police are combing a landfill for the art.

The American Folk Art Museum building edged a little closer to the end as the Museum of Modern Art filed its $1.6 million demolition plan with the NYC Department of Buildings.

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami is suing the city of North Miami, accusing a breach of contract.

Beatrix Ruf, now director of Kunsthalle Zürich, was named director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.

The head of the planned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum will be Kerry Brougher, interim director and chief curator of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.

Alan Davie, “Magic Picture” (via Isle of Man Government)

Alan Davie, an influential Scottish painter inspired by both modernism and the spiritual, died at the age of 93.

ARTnews magazine was acquired by Skate Capital, which is owned by Russian investment banker Sergey Skaterschikov.

The Austrian government has declined to buy businessman Karlheinz Essl’s collection of 7,000 modern artworks, much of it currently hanging in the Essl Museum, the Art Newspaper reported.

Richard Serra’s new artwork “East-West/West-East,” comprised of a series of four standing plates (pictured at the top of this post), was unveiled in the western Qatar desert. The work was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority.

A 3.1-inch Ming Dynasty cup decorated with tiny chickens sold for $36 million at auction, a new record for Chinese porcelain.

Betye Saar was honored with the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal, which she will receive in a ceremony on August 10.

The 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows were announced.

The New York State Attorney General joined the outcry against LG Electronics’ plans to build an eight-story tower that breach the longtime height limits of the Palisades in New Jersey. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the preservation issue.

A new design by architect Jim Shields for the Milwaukee Art Museum was unveiled, with a lakefront entrance.

Architect Sir David Chipperfield will design the new Nobel Centre in Stockholm as a home for the Nobel Prize Ceremony.

Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome (photo by Charlie Dave, via Flickr)

The mausoleum of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, may be restored, potentially with the funding of an anonymous Saudi prince. The project is being timed to coincide with the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Augustus.

The tomb of Attila the Hun may have been found in the course of construction projects in Budapest.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation Director Richard Armstrong responded to Andrew Ross’s New York Times op-ed on Gulf labor conditions. Read Hyperallergic’s ongoing coverage of the issue.

The Meridian Gallery in San Francisco may be evicted after an ultimatum from its landlord.

A townhouse by Mies van der Rohe listed for $149,900 sold in one day, reportedly for even more than the asking price.

A planned mural over the High Line by artist Domingo Zapata was canceled because Town Real Estate, which was sponsoring it, never got city approval.

The Broad Art Museum acquired “Infinity Mirrored Room” by Yayoi Kusama, exhibited last fall at David Zwirner.

After climbing on the Queensboro Bridge to install a work of art, Judith Supine turned himself in to the police.

Voters approved the appropriation of funds for 7% of the operating budget of the Parrish Art Museum to support its exhibitions and educational programs.

The Center for Holographic Arts must vacate its home in Long Island City’s Clock Tower. The building was sold to an undisclosed buyer. Tonight they are holding a farewell event.

David Lynch will have his first major American museum exhibition this September at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he will show paintings and drawings.

A Czech man escaped from prison, where he had been incarcerated for embezzling, and was then hired as a chief economist by the National Agriculture Museum in Prague, where he stole $500,000. When the police arrived at his office, he escaped through the museum into a cab.

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Allison Meier

Allison C. Meier is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from Oklahoma, she has been covering visual culture and overlooked history for print...