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Florentijn Hofman, "HippopoThames" (2014). The work was towed along the Thames river in London earlier this week. Hofman is best known for his "Rubber Duck" sculpture which made international headlines last year (photo by Steve Sills. Courtesy Four Colman Getty)
Florentijn Hofman’s “HippopoThames” (2014). The work was towed along the Thames river in London earlier this week. Hofman is best known for his “Rubber Duck” (2007) sculpture which made international headlines last year (photo by Steve Sills. Courtesy Four Colman Getty).

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

A library dedicated to Russian contemporary art will open at the Garage Museum in Moscow this December. The first of its kind in Russia, the library will also document the history of unofficial, non-state art produced during the Soviet era.

Egypt’s censorship office has confiscated three new releases by publishing house Al-Tanweer. The censored books include Alain Badiou’s In Praise of Love.

The Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center will begin its expansion project this fall. Famous alumni of the pioneering college include Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Elaine De Kooning, Kenneth Noland, and Ruth Asawa.

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority will continue funding the Asheville Art Museum’s renovation plans. The decision follows comments made by Asheville’s former major Ken Michalove, that the museum is headed to bankruptcy unless it sticks to its original fundraising goals and abandons its “rosy” fiscal predictions.

An aerial photograph of Stonehenge by Damian Grady. The images were commissioned following grass discoloration caused by a faulty hose pipe. A new report suggests that the monument may have once been a perfect circle (courtesy English Heritage)
An aerial photograph of Stonehenge by Damian Grady. The images were commissioned following grass discoloration caused by a faulty hose pipe. A recent report cites new evidence that the monument may have once been a perfect circle (image courtesy English Heritage)

Brown patches of grass caused by a malfunctioning hose pipe at Stonehenge has lent credence to the theory that the monument was once designed as a perfect circle. A report has been published by Antiquity, a quarterly review of world archaeology.

Photographer and journalist Linda Moser passed away at the age of 93. A member of the renowned Photo League, Moser is best known for her iconic images of New York life.

Thai artist Thawan Duchanee passed away at the age of 74. A household name in Thailand, Duchanee was honored as a National Artist of Thailand in the visual arts in 2001.

Three men have been charged with the murder and armed robbery of French street artist Bilal Berreni. The artist was shot in Detroit while on an extended visit to the U.S.

A sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky is to be filled. The sinkhole, which swallowed eight sports cars, became a huge tourist attraction, boosting the museum’s revenue and attendance.

The San Francisco Arts Commission has recommended the removal of “Facsimile” (2003), a public art project installed on the side of the Moscone West convention center. Having cost $1,537,000, the work, a 15-by-25 foot LED videoscreen mounted on 100-foot arms, has never successfully functioned for more than three weeks at a time.

Staff at MoMA PS1 have yet to formulate a restoration plan for James Turrell’s “Meeting” (1986) which remains sealed off to the public.

Frans Hals, "The Laughing Cavalier" (1624), oil on canvas, The Wallace Collection (image via wikipedia.org)
Frans Hals, “The Laughing Cavalier” (1624), oil on canvas. The work is housed in the Wallace Collection’s “Great Gallery” which will reopen on September 19 (image via wikipedia.org)

The Wallace Collection’s “Great Gallery” will reopen on September 19 following a two-year refurbishment. The room’s iconic works include Frans Hal’s “The Laughing Cavalier” (1624) and Diego Velázquez’s “Prince Baltasar Carlos in Silver” (1633).

The Louvre’s director, Jean-Luc Martinez, has proposed a “complete makeover” for the museum. The news follows the institution’s projected forecast of a 30% rise in visitors by 2025.

The Rail Yards, the final section of New York’s High Line to be renovated, will open on September 21. The renovation, which cost $75 million, includes picnic benches and a seesaw.

A design by Frank Gehry for a performing arts center project at the World Trade Center site has been rejected by the center’s board.

Norwegian artists Henrik Placht and Morten Traavik will establish an art academy in North Korea. The project has received financial support from the Prince Claus Fund and has been approved by the North Korean government.

Artist Vik Muniz is to open an art and technology school in Vidigal, an impoverished neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. The Escola do Vidigal follows the Centro Espacial Vik Muniz, an arts education centre founded by the artist in 2006.

691 indigenous artefacts were returned to Columbia by Spain. The items, many of which date back to 1400 BC, had been smuggled out of the country by drug gangs.

A news release announced that nine paintings by 18th-century painter Miguel Cabrera, stolen in 2008 from a church in Lima, were returned to the nation of Peru in a repatriation ceremony in lower Manhattan earlier today. “We are pleased to return these paintings – a part of Peru’s cultural heritage that were stolen from a church in Lima six years ago,” District Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Art Museum are at odds over who should pay overrun costs to repair the museum’s County War Memorial. The costs are $1.4 million higher than the County originally agreed to pay.

A memorial to an estimated 300,000 mentally ill and disabled persons executed by the Nazis was unveiled in Berlin. The work consists of a 79-foot-long wall of blue tinted glass.

The Art Fund is seeking to raise £2.74 million to preserve the Wedgwood Collection, which comprises over 80,000 works of art. Christie’s has already designed and printed catalogues in anticipation of the collection’s sale.

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Paul Revere Pottery of the Saturday Evening Girls’ Club, “Goose Bowl” (1914), decorated by Albina Mangini. The work is one of fifty pieces donated by collector Stephen Gray to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut (courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum Museum).

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art received a bequest from the collection of Stephen Gray. Gray’s bequest includes fifty Arts & Crafts objects, including works of furniture by Gustav Stickley.

Nashville’s Edmondson Park is now home to the city’s first “art park.” The Park is named for William Edmondson, the first African-American to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Chantal Gervais received the 2014 Karsh Award for Photography. A solo show of the photographer’s work will open at Ottawa City Hall on September 12.

Daniel Baumann was named the next director of the Kunsthalle Zürich.

Artist Florentijn Hofman, best known for his piece “Rubber Duck” (2007), unveiled “HippopoThames” a 21-metre-long hippo sculpture in London (image at top of post). For those unfamiliar with Hofman’s duck piece, feel free to refer to Hyperallergic’s previous news articles “Doubled Dutchman Drubs Dubai in Duplicate Duckie Debacle” and “Foul Weather Foils Floating Fowl Facsimile.”

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