Art Movements

The National Museum of Iraq (image via Wikimedia)

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

The National Museum of Iraq reopened this week for the first time since the US invasion in 2003, when it sustained heavy looting after the American military failed to secure the site. It has opened for brief periods in the intervening 11 years, most notably in 2009, but this week’s reopening includes the inauguration of two renovated exhibition halls.

At the recommendation of the consulting veterinarian it retained under pressure from animal-rights activists, the Aspen Art Museum relocated the three tortoises used in Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Moving Ghost Town” to an undisclosed “conservation facility in a warmer climate,” the museum told Hyperallergic in a statement. The decision was based on the “unseasonably cold and rainy” weather in Aspen. See our previous coverage of the issue here.

A 50-foot Phoenician shipwreckdiscovered by an international team of researchers off the coast of Malta could be the Mediterranean’s oldest. The exact location of the wreck, which dates to the 8th century BC, will remain undisclosed until the archaeologists complete their research.

Catalyzed by the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, a number of artists and writers — including Mark Dion, Lucy Lippard, and Gloria Steinem —have signed on to a call “to demilitarize the police and bring justice to victims of publicly funded racism” by dedicating their creative efforts to related activist causes.

Jasper Johns and James Meyer in the studio. Photo by Hans Namuth. according to James Meyer, the photo was taken in Johns' Houston Street studio, the old Provident Loan Society lobby. (image via flickr user TK)
Jasper Johns and James Meyer in the studio, photo by Hans Namuth (image originally appeared in an interview by Matthew Rose on The Artblog and used with permission of Roberta Fallon)

Former Jasper Johns assistant James Meyer, of Salisbury, Connecticut, pled guilty to the sale of unauthorized works stolen from the artist’s studio. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of his arrest in April.

A botched restoration has permanently damaged the frescoes of a 14th-century Gothic church near Kaliningrad, Russia.

Egyptian officialsblocked the illegal export of antiquities to the United States. The smuggled artifacts dated to the Muhammad Ali dynasty (1805–1952) and comprised 100 objects hidden in two shipping containers.

The art historian, critic, and curator Sam Hunter, who founded the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and later served as faculty curator of modern art at Princeton’s museum, died at 91.

Columbia professor of art history David Rosand, who taught at the university from 1964 to 2013, passed away at 75. Rosand specialized in 16th-century Venetian, art but his scholarly interests were wide-ranging.

Gagosian galleryis set to have its own courtyard exhibition space in a new wing of Rome’s municipal Galleria d’Arte Moderna, where works from Gagosian’s international roster of artists will be displayed alongside the museum’s collection of 19th- and early 20th-century art.

An exhibition at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest has drawn “hate calls and even death threats” due to its inclusion of works by Roma artists.

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