Art Movements

Paul Cummin and Tom Piper’s “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” (2014) went on display at the Tower of London this week to mark the centenary of the First World War. (via

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

Following a decision by the board of trustees, staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami are moving out of the city-owned building. A new museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, will open in a temporary space located in Miami’s Design District.

A judge in Florida has awarded $24.6 million to three trustees at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Bill Goldston, Bennet Grutman, and Darryl Pottorf argued that they were entitled to at least $60 million in fees for their administration of the artist’s estate. Court documents reveal that the estate’s assets were valued at over $6.6 million at the time of the artist’s death in 2008 and then estimated at just under $2.2 billion in 2012.

The Arts Council England revoked its accreditation of two Northampton museums,  following the deaccessioning of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue. The decision renders the the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and the Abington Park Museum ineligible for certain loans and grants for a minimum period of five years.

The Delaware Art Museum intends to deaccession two more works from its collection: Winslow Homer’s “Milking Time” (1875) and an Alexander Calder mobile entitled “The Black Cresent.” Following the museum’s sale of William Holman Hunt’s “Isabella and the Pot of Basil” (1868) last June, the Association of Art Museum Directors asked its members to refuse any loan requests or exhibition collaborations with the institution.

Winslow Homer’s “Milking Time” (1875) is one of the paintings the Delaware Art Museum is planning to sell. (via Wikimedia)

Pablo Picasso’s former studio in Vallauris, Southern France, has fallen into disrepair, after only reopening to the public last December.

Documentarian and cinéma vérité pioneer Robert Drew passed away. The filmmaker was 90 years old.

The president of the University of Maryland, Wallace D. Loh, testified that he could deliver a budget proposal that would keep the Corcoran Gallery of Art independent, with the caveat of a partnership with the university’s flagship campus. Nine members of Save the Corcoran have already registered their opposition to the museum’s planned merger with the National Gallery and George Washington University. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the Corcoran dissolution story here.

The Louvre anticipates a 30% increase in visitor attendance, from a recorded figure of 9.3 million in 2013, to a projected 12 million per year by 2025.

Five paintings by the Russian artist Isaak Levitan were stolen from the Architecture and Art Museum in Plyos, Russia.

One of ten funerary sculptures returned to the Turkish Embassy by the FBI’s Art Crime Team (via

The FBI returned ten funerary sculptures stolen from the Republic of Turkey to the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to the New Museum. The grant will support a new Research Fellow position as well as help relaunch the museum’s Critical Anthology series, produced in partnership with the MIT Press. [PDF]

After 13 years in Chelsea, Bitforms gallery is moving to 131 Allen Street on the Lower East Side, formerly the location of Feature Inc., which was run by the gallerist Hudson, who died in February.

Rhizome will co-curate First Look, the New Museum’s ongoing series of digital projects.

The Washington Post hired two new arts reporters. Peggy McGlone will cover the local arts beat and Geoff Edgers has been appointed national arts reporter.

Betye Saar, "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima" (1972) (via
Betye Saar’s “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima” (1972), Saar will receive the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal. (via

Artist Betye Saar will receive the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal.

The Library of Congress acquired the American Ballet Theatre’s archive. An exhibition dedicated to the company will open late next week and will be viewable online.

A series of fashion photographs by Mumbai-based photographer Raj Shetye was removed from the portfolio site Behance following widespread condemnation online. Entitled “The Wrong Turn,” the series depicts a lone woman groped by multiple men on a bus, and is thought to refer to the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in Delhi.

A 6,500-year-old skeleton was discovered in the storage rooms of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

North Devon Council approved outline plans for the construction of a new town that is the brainchild of artist Damien Hirst.

The son of DJ Alan Freed, Lance Freed, claimed that his father’s ashes were removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to make way for an exhibit of Beyoncé’s leotards. The celebrated DJ is widely credited with coining the term “rock ‘n’ roll.”

A collaborative work organized by artist Paul Cummin and stage designer Tom Piper opened last Monday at the Tower of London (photo at top of this post). Entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the installation consists of 888,246 red ceramic poppies and commemorates the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

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