Art Movements

One of over 1000 copies of the Beatles’ “White Album” (1968) owned by artist Rutherford Chang. Chang’s project, “We Buy White Albums” is on display at the FACT media center in Liverpool (courtesy the artist)

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

A D.C. Superior Court Judge ruled that the Corcoran Gallery of Art is allowed to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. The decision marks the end of one of the United States’s oldest independent museums.

Dutch conceptualist Ger Van Elk passed away. The artist was 73 years old.

The Israeli Security Agency lifted its travel ban on Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar.

The Phoenix studio of Iraqi artist Bassim Al-Shaker was ransacked. The artist represented his country at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Experts concluded that a Max Liebermann painting entitled “Two Riders on the Beach” was stolen from its Jewish owner by the Nazis. The work is the second of 458 paintings found in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt to be confirmed as looted.

Ukraine’s culture ministry advised museums based in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of the country to place their most valuable works into storage.

A controversial document outlining Russian cultural policy was published online. Commissioned by President Vladimir Putin, the document includes statements such as “Russia is not Europe,” and advises that the state refuse support for “cultural projects that impose values that are alien to society.”

Moscow’s Shukhov Tower, a Constructivist icon that earlier faced demolition, has been granted landmark status by the municipal government.

The Monument to the Soviet Army (1954), Sofia, Bulgaria. The work has been graffitied on numerous occasions (image via Wikipedia)
The Monument to the Soviet Army (1954), Sofia, Bulgaria. The work has been graffitied on numerous occasions (image via Wikipedia)

A monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized. It has previously been painted to resemble the Ukrainian flag, as well as pop icons such as Santa Claus, Superman, and Ronald MacDonald.

The Metropolitan Opera resolved its dispute with the unions representing its stage employees, orchestra, and chorus.

The Picasso Museum in Paris will reopen on October 25. The museum’s renovation cost €52 million (~$69 million).

The Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid will expand its permanent exhibition space by 3,000 sq. meters by the end of 2015.

Excavated stables belonging to Emperor Augustus, the first Roman emperor, are to be reburied due to a lack of funding.

The American flags taken from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf in their white-flag caper have been returned to the American embassy in Berlin.

The Art Newspaper reported that the Moderna Museet may take over the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design.

Sydney-based barrister Louise McBride is suing Christie’s, alleging that the auction house sold her a fake Albert Tucker painting.

Artist Maya Hayuk is suing musician Sara Bareilles for using her mural “Chem Trails NYC” (2014) in promotional materials without her permission.

A large painting by William Cumming has been discovered in Washington State. The mural, measuring 7 by 28 feet, was intially mistaken for tarp.

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Moving Ghost Town” (2014) at the Aspen Art Museum. The artist's use of live turtles has proved to be contentious (image via
Cai Guo-Qiang, “Moving Ghost Town” (2014) at the Aspen Art Museum. The artist’s use of live turtles has proved to be contentious (image via

Andy Sabin, a board member of Turtle Conservancy, called for a boycott of the Aspen Art Museum following the use of live turtles in Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation “Moving Ghost Town” (2014). See Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the controversy here.

The Petronio Company embarked on a five year project to perform the work of other choreographers, including pieces by Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown.

Brooklyn’s King’s Theatre will reopen in January 2015.

Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins, former directors at Haunch of Venison, are to launch a new gallery in London. Represented artists will include Nancy Holt, Hugo Wilson, and Uwe Wittwer.

Randall Scott Projects is relocating to Baltimore.

The Hammer Museum announced the winners of the 2014 Made in L.A. Mohn Awards. The top prize went to artist Alice Könitz. Other award winners included Jennifer Moon, and married couple Michael and Magdalena Frimkess.

David Zwirner gallery will open a “book showroom,” David Zwirner Books, later in the fall. The new space is located on West 19th Street in Chelsea.

The Whitney Museum will temporarily open on Mondays in response to an influx of visitors attending Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

Annette Schönholzer stepped down from her post as Director of New Initiatives at Art Basel. In July, Magnus Renfrew left his position as the director of the fair’s Asian division.

Rutherford Chang’s project We Buy White Albums, opened at the FACT media center in Liverpool (image at top of post). The exhibition consists of over 1000 first-pressings of the Beatles’ White Album (1968), many of which include doodles, stains, and markings made by their previous owners. Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier covered the project’s New York iteration last year.

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