Art Movements

Vincent van Gogh, "Sunflowers" (1887), oil on canvas, one of the 17 paintings by the aritst held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which are on view together for the first time in a decade (via Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Vincent van Gogh, “Sunflowers” (1887), oil on canvas, one of the 17 paintings by the artist held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which are on view together for the first time in a decade (image via Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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

Lawyers for a major Detroit creditor commissioned a new appraisal of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection that placed its value at $8.5 billion. The figure is nearly twice the recent high estimate from Artvest and almost 10 times greater than last year’s Christie’s appraisal (both of those valuations were carried out for the city).

The controversial decision to sell three pieces to cover debt at the Delaware Art Museum is now expected to make just $19.8 million rather than the projected $30 million, due to a slow market. Here’s Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the plan.

Experimental documentary filmmaker Harun Farocki died in Berlin this week at the age of 70.

The sale of the ancient Egyptian Sekhemka statue by the Northampton Borough Council led to its loss of accreditation by Arts Council England.

A lockout at the Metropolitan Opera has been postponed for 72 hours as of Thursday night due to a last-minute attempt to achieve union agreements. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the ongoing process.

Horse painting in the cave of Altamira, which has partially reopened to the public (1962 photograph by Daniel Villafruela, via Wikimedia)
A 1962 photo of a horse painting in the cave of Altamira which has partially reopened to the public (photo by Daniel Villafruela, via Wikimedia)

The paleolithic paintings of the cave of Altamira in Spain were officially closed to the public in 2002. But this February, it partially reopened, with small groups of visitors selected by lottery. These visits will cease in August for a scientific study of the cave’s condition, to be released in September. The results of the study, to be released in September, will determine the fate of public access to the 22,000-year-old art.

After serving as its president since 2005, Emily K. Rafferty is retiring in 2015 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rafferty started at the museum in 1976 as a development administrator.

Once its Mike Kelley and Francesco Vezzoli retrospectives close, MOCA has mostly empty exhibition calendars, leading some to express concern over the museum’s future.

The St. Louis Art Museum’s ancient mummy mask of Ka-nefer-nefer will likely stay in Missouri as the Department of Justice dropped its legal campaign to return the artifact to Egypt, where it went missing in the 1960s or 70s.

The Jardin des Tuileries garden outside the Louvre in Paris is infested with rats, reportedly due to tourist trash, and rat sympathizers are removing the poison.

Around 300 pieces from 13 French museums like the Pompidou, Musée d’Orsay, and the Louvre will be loaned to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, planned to open next December.

A $350 million renovation to the Philadelphia Museum of Art designed by Frank Gehry got a $5 million grant of support from the governor’s redevelopment assistance capital program.

George Lucas chose Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects to design his Chicago museum.

Jean Nouvel was selected to design a three-story Islamic museum in Lower Manhattan on the same site where the controversial “Ground Zero mosque” was once planned.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 17 Van Gogh paintings are on view together in the European Galleries for the first time in over a decade.

The founding director of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum Sam Hunter died on July 27 at the age of 91.

The new director of the Cincinnati Art Museum is Cameron Kitchin, who departs his director position at the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis.

Ben Whine, director of individual development, membership, and annual fund at the Guggenheim, is the new associate director at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City.

Edouard Manet, "The Railway" (1873), oil on canvas, which is traveling to the Norton Simon Museum (via National Gallery of Art)
Edouard Manet, “The Railway” (1873), oil on canvas, which is traveling to the Norton Simon Museum (image via National Gallery of Art)

For the next three years, the Ontario government will support the Luminato Festival with $2.5 million annually.

A 2,000 glass sphere fountain by French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel will be installed at Versailles, the first permanent art on the palace grounds in over 300 years.

Edouard Manet’s “The Railway” (1873) will go on view this December at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, part of a new exchange program between the museum with the National Gallery of Art and Frick Collection.

Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo receives his first major retrospective next February at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Tobias Meyer, former principal auctioneer and worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, sold his trippy Time Warner Center apartment for over $16 million.

A silver New Museum-shaped deck was produced by Chapman Skateboards in collaboration with the museum.

A 1910 Seaside Heights, New Jersey, carousel that made it through Hurricane Sandy and last year’s boardwalk fire will be auctioned in the fall. It’s one of just 150 wooden carousels remaining in the United States.

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