Art Movements

Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1951, silver  gelatin print, Collection of the Vancouver  Art Gallery, Gift of The Larry and  Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, VAG  2013.36.308 © The Estate of Harry  Callahan, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery,  New York
Harry Callahan, “Eleanor” (1951), silver gelatin print (Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of The Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, VAG © The Estate of Harry Callahan, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York)

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

Artist Guo Jian will be deported from China following his custody. The detention came after a Financial Times article featured his new work, which depicts Beijing’s Tiananmen Square covered in meat.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and J. Paul Getty Trust of Los Angeles have pledged $13 million to the Detroit Institute of Arts’s (DIA) federally mediated “grand bargain” fund, the Detroit Free Press reported. Word of the gifts came two days after automakers gave $26 million to the same fund. In further DIA news, a separate consortium of foundations contributing to the grand bargain fund has pushed back on creditor subpoenas. An expedited hearing on the matter is set for later this month; here’s Hyperallergic’s earlier coverage of the creditor campaign.

The Cy Twombly Foundation donated all of the works displayed in the Tate Modern’s gallery devoted to the artist to the museum.

Jane Chu was confirmed as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Despite the fire that scorched its Mackintosh building three weeks ago, Glasgow School of Art is going forward with its 2014 degree show.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, "Adam" and "Eve" (both 1530), oil on panel (via Norton Simon Museum)
Lucas Cranach the Elder, “Adam” and “Eve” (both 1530), oil on panel (via Norton Simon Museum)

The legal battle over Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 16th century “Adam” and “Eve” paintings at the Norton Simon Museum continues. The federal appeals court overturned a 2012 decision that dismissed claims by a descendent of a Dutch Jewish art dealer who stated the art was forcibly taken under the Nazis.

Sandy Nairne will depart his position as director of London’s National Portrait Gallery next year.

The Library of Congress announced Charles Wright, who won the Pulitzer in 1998, as the next American Poet Laureate.

Independent curator John Marciari is the new head of the Morgan Library and Museum’s department of drawings and prints.

After nearly five decades at the museum, including 13 years as chairman of the American Wing, Morrison H. Heckscher will retire from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 30 and become Curator Emeritus.

The inaugural Frieze Artist Award went to Mélanie Matranga, who will stage a series of online videos filmed during Frieze London’s construction in Regent’s Park.

The US Court of Appeals in New York confirmed a lower court ruling that books could be digitized for the disabled without author permission.

Google added over 500 street art images to its Cultural Institute Art Project.

Three Russian agents were sentenced for attempting to sell a stolen 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, with one agent given over three years in a penal colony.

The New York Avenue Sculpture Project in Washington, DC, which focuses on rotating art installations by women artists, will feature art by Magdalena Abakanowicz for a year starting this September.

Zhu Wei, "China, China" (2003) (courtesy Gateway Foundation)
Zhu Wei, “China, China” (2003) (courtesy Gateway Foundation)

Zhu Wei’s “China, China” sculpture, recently installed in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, was loaned to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for 10 years, where it will be installed in the renovated Terminal 1 ticketing lounge.

Barbara Shawcroft’s 50-foot “Legs” sculpture made from rope, in place in the Embarcadero BART Station in San Francisco since 1976, will be removed and given back to the artist.

The Vancouver Art Gallery acquired over 550 of artist Harry Callahan’s photographs, which together are now the second largest public collection of his work.

Artist Eileen Hickey-Hulme may be evicted after allegedly peddling her Tribeca loft on Airbnb for three times her rent-controlled cost.

The Kentile Floors sign being disassembled in Gowanus will be donated to the Gowanus Alliance and relocated to a new home.

For its 100-year anniversary, Greyhound is launching two mobile museums.

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