Art Movements

Massimo Vignelli's NYC subway map (detail) (courtesy MTA)
Massimo Vignelli’s NYC subway map (detail); Vignelli passed away this week at 83 (courtesy MTA)

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

Three people were shot and killed last Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, with the gunman not yet known.

Massimo Vignelli died this Tuesday. The 83-year-old Italian designer was renowned for his modernist, geometric vision in nearly every corner of design, from graphics to household items, and for his attempt to rethink the NYC subway map.

This Wednesday, officials overseeing the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings told a judge that a new assessment of the worth of the Detroit Institute Art collection is being undertaken.

While clean-up is still underway, students at the Glasgow School of Art have returned to school, with about 90% of the Mackintosh building reportedly saved in the fire. Meanwhile, 100 conservators are offering to volunteer to help restore the school. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the incident.

Louise Bourgeois, "Maman" at the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2009 (photograph by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, via Flickr)
Louise Bourgeois, “Maman” at the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2009 (photograph by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, via Flickr)

The Chelsea townhouse of Louise Bourgeois will open to the public at the beginning of next year, with a research center, sculpture garden, and gallery, as well as tours of the artist’s studio by appointment.

Some 62 paintings from the estate of Paul Mellon will be heading to the National Gallery of Art, including works by Monet, Degas, and van Gogh, and will go on view June 7. Mellon and his wife Rachel gave almost 1,200 pieces to the museum in their lifetimes.

Helen Molesworth of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston was named the next chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where she will begin on September 1.

Brooke Hodge, director of exhibitions and publications at the Hammer Museum, was named deputy director for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which plans to reopen later this year.

A San Francisco man is being charged with mail fraud after it’s claimed he agreed back in April to purchase 16 Willem de Kooning pieces from an unidentified dealer in New York, amounting to $7.3 million, along with works by Degas, Miró, Picasso, and George Luks.

Arts Council England has reportedly given £14m ($23m) in emergency funding to 55 art organizations over the past three years.

Gallery Aferro in Newark is expanding, with a 90,000-square-foot arts center planned for Market Street.

The 2014 Glyph Comics Awards were announced May 16. The awards celebrate black-focused comics and diversity in the genre, with honorees including Brandon East and N. Steven Harris’s Watson & Holmes, which reimagines the Arthur Conan Doyle series in Harlem.

The 18th-century San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio is debuting a new video installation on June 13, which will project over the façade and show the history of the area. It will be on view for the next ten years.

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