Art Movements

LOT-EK, “Whitney Education Studio” (2012) (image courtesy the Whitney Museum of American Art)

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

A Detroit judge has denied creditors’ request for an invasive re-appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection, telling them to “buy a ticket and take a tour instead,” the Detroit News reported. The proposed action would have seen some art temporarily removed from the museum’s walls. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the creditors’ campaign.

The state of Florida’s legislaturehas approved a $43.3 million for the 2014–15 budget for all arts and culture, a 384% increase over the current budget, bringing the state from 41st to 5th place in nationwide arts funding levels.

Tate Modern has unveiled a restored “Black on Maroon” (1958), the Mark Rothko painting that was notoriously vandalized in 2012. The man responsible for the vandalism published a pseudo-apology in the Guardian. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the vandalism in 2012.

Richard Mosse has won the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for The Enclave, a series of photographs shot in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and shown last year at the Irish pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Here’s Hyperallergic’s review of Mosse’s work at the pavilion.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s digitized collection “will be opened to software developers to make educational apps and tools,” the White House announced, as part of an “Open Government Data” initiative.

The Whitney Museum has donated a structure designed by LOT-EK to the Socrates Sculpture Park. The two-year-old “freestanding education studio” will be moved by crane later this month from its present location in the Whitney’s Sculpture Court to Socrates in Long Island City.

Zoe Leonard has received the Whitney Museum’s Bucksbaum Award, a prize given to an artist showing at the Biennial. Leonard presented “945 Madison Avenue” (2014) a camera obscura installed on the museum’s fourth floor.

Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali has been ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ museum project over tensions with Renzo Piano, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Researchers from the University of Buckingham in England discovered that the area surrounding Stonehenge was inhabited for thousands of years before the rock circle was built, a finding that “blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways.”

The Cleveland Museum of Art says it has debunked the Cambodian government’s claim that a 10th-century statue of Hanuman held in its collection was looted during the Khmer Rouge revolution in the 1970s, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Parsons may take over and rename the New School, the New York Post reported.

Katie Kline
Katy Kline (image courtesy deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum)

The president of the Picasso Museum in Paris, Anne Baldassari, has been fired over delays in reopening the museum, which has been closed for five years, the New York Times reported.

Katy Kline, formerly of the Williams College Museum of Art, has been appointed interim executive director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts.

Yilmaz Dziewior has been appointed director of Cologne’s Museum Ludwig, Artnet News reported.

NPR has named a new CEO: Jarl Mohn, who founded the E! Entertainment Television cable channel, among other achievements, the Washington Post reports.

Swiss special-effects artist H.R. Giger, best known for his work on Ridley Scott’s Alien, passed away.

Hauser & Wirth’s cavernous 511–525 West 18th Street location is on the verge of sale to a real-estate developer for $200 million, Artnet News reported.

Thomas J. Lax, formerly of the Studio Museum in Harlem, has been appointed associate curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA.

The 14th Istanbul Biennial, set to run September–November 2015, will be directed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

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