Art Movements

Rendering of Roy Lichtenstein's "Five Brushstrokes," designed 1983-84, fabricated 2012. (courtesy the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation)
Rendering of Roy Lichtenstein’s “Five Brushstrokes,” designed 1983-84, fabricated 2012. The sculpture will be unveiled for the first time this August at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (image courtesy the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation)

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

A claim made by descendants of Peggy Guggenheim against the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation that the original displays in her Venetian palazzo should be preserved without contemporary art was rejected in Paris court.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris invited American judge and Hopi tribe member Diane J. Humetewa to meet with French government officials, art dealers, and others to discuss the ongoing issue of auctioning religious American Indian artifacts in France. Last Friday another group of Hopi masks was sold at auction.

Payam Feili, a 29-year-old Iranian poet who spent 44 days detained earlier this year, was blacklisted and forced into exile for being gay.

Tracey Emin’s 1998 “My Bed” — a commemoration of a relationship break with rumpled, stained sheets on her own bed, along with condoms, empty bottles, and other personal refuse — was auctioned for £2.5m ($3.8m) at Christie’s.

Denmark will be represented by Danh Vo at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

By improving its climate control system, the Vatican Museums are planning to bring the Sistine Chapel’s capacity from 700 to 2,000. This October a new lighting system will also brighten the Michelangelo ceiling tenfold.

Antelope at the Okavango Delta, the 1,000th World Heritage Site (photograph by PanBK, via Wikimedia)
Antelope at the Okavango Delta, the 1,000th World Heritage Site (photograph by PanBK, via Wikimedia)

UNESCO named its 1,000th World Heritage Site: Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

A deteriorated bungalow in India where George Orwell was born in 1903 is on its way to opening as a museum.

Mississippian archaeological sites near St. Louis are in jeopardy with suburban expansion threatening their prehistoric remains.

Arts Council England slashed English National Opera funding by 29%. Meanwhile 33 organizations are off its grant base completely and many others have had support frozen.

France’s Festival d’Avignon, an annual major theater event, will go on despite an arts worker strike sparked by benefit system changes.

After it was revealed eight Nigerian sculptures donated to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts had forged documentation they were returned to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

Galerie Kamm in Berlin, opened in 2001 by Joanna Kamm, will close in September following an exhibition by Bernd Ribbeck.

Yvon Lambert’s Paris gallery will close this year.

Erik H. Neil, director at the Easton, Maryland, Academy Art Museum, was named the new director of the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Mosa’ab Elshamy was honored with the Deutsche Welle Bobs best of online activism award for best blog. The 23-year-old has documented the political turmoil of Cairo from the streets with vivid photography.

The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum opens on August 9, with 17,500 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by a woven exterior and transparent design.

Battery Park’s elaborate $16 million ocean-themed carousel won’t open until spring of 2015 — two years later than the Battery Conservancy planned. Delays are due to construction complications, as well as Hurricane Sandy.

The Tent of Tomorrow, which received restoration funding from NYC (photo by the author)
The Tent of Tomorrow, which received restoration funding from NYC (photo by the author)

The “Tent of Tomorrow” from the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will receive $5.8 million from NYC for its restoration. Here’s Hyperallergic’s visit to the long-abandoned structure designed by Philip Johnson.

Michelle Elligott was appointed the new chief of archives at the Museum of Modern Art.

A Bronzino painting believed by the Carnegie Museum of Art’s curator of fine arts to be a “modern fake,” was instead revealed to be “tarted up” in a 19th century restoration.

Contemporary art worth $4.5m was found hidden in a shipping container being used by a 75-year-old Brazilian woman. Officials believe it may have been a foil to avoid taxes.

Roy Licthenstein’s “Five Brushstrokes” was acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The sculpture (rendered at the top of this post), with pieces stretching 40 feet high, was commissioned in the 1980s and never assembled, so this August will be its premiere.

The Brooklyn Museum is having an open call for musicians to write music for its fountain.

In November, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco Napoleon museum will auction its contents, including the hat the deposed emperor wore on Elba. The head of the Remember Napoleon society told Agence France-Presse: “I suppose French museums will attempt to acquire some pieces, but will they have the means?”

Artist Duke Riley relaunched his Acorn submarine, with Henry Rollins and the History Channel joining the ride in the Gowanus.

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