Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
One of two ships from ‘Franklin’s lost expedition’ was discovered in the Arctic’s Northwest Passage. Sir John Franklin and his crew vanished while charting the territory over 160 years ago. British archaeologist William Battersby described the find as “the biggest archeological discovery the world has seen since the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb” (see video at end of post).
Pop artist Majorie Strider passed away. Strider’s breakthrough was her inclusion in Pace Gallery’s The First International Girlie Show in 1964. The artist is best known for her satirical paintings of pin-ups.
Brooklyn Museum director Arnold L. Lehman announced his retirement. Lehman’s seventeen-year tenure oversaw a doubling of the museum’s endowment, as well as a huge increase in visitor attendance. In 1999 Lehman clashed with former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani over the staging of Sensation, the infamous touring exhibition of Charles Saatchi’s collection of work by YBA artists.
A Claude Monet landscape was discovered at the hospital where “art hoarder” Cornelius Gurlitt passed away. The painting was found in a suitcase that the German collector had taken to the hospital.
A report condemned a number of European nations for failing to return artworks confiscated from Jews during the 1930s and 1940s. Written by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germans and the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the report concludes that only a third of the countries that endorsed the 1998 ‘Washington Principles‘ have made “significant” progress with regards to restitution efforts.
Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” (1919), a 19-by-20 foot stage curtain, was removed from the Four Seasons restaurant on Park Avenue. The work, now headed to the New-York Historical Society, was the subject of a dispute between Seagram Building owner Aby J. Rosen and the New York Landmarks Conservancy; here’s our coverage of its resolution.
71 paintings were stolen from the Vienna villa of a former Austrian professor. The stolen works include pieces by Emil Beischläger and Oskar Kokoschka.
The Rosa Parks Collection will be housed at the Library of Congress. Comprised of over 1,500 items, including personal correspondence and photographs, the material will be digitized and incorporated into a 2015 exhibition entitled The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom.
The Morris Louis catalogue raisonné was made available online. Entries for over one thousand of the artist’s works can be found at MorrisLouis.org.
The Jewish Museum in Brussels will reopen on September 14. The museum was closed following the shooting of four people. Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspected Islamic extremist, has denied the charges made against him.
A 17-volume dictionary of medieval Latin reached its final definition. Launched in 1913, the dictionary’s last entry is “Zythum,” a fermented malt drink.
The Brooklyn Artists Alliance is suing mobile library Brooklyn Shuttle over their use of the term “Brooklyn.” The Alliance claims that Brooklyn Shuttle’s use of “Brooklyn” precipitates “a strong likelihood of confusion amongst consumers as to the source of services under the marks provided.”
Character effects artist Robert Nitsch filed a class-action suit against several special effects companies. The lawsuit alleges that companies including Walt Disney Co., Dreamworks Animation, and Sony Pictures Animation, colluded to suppress wages via “non-poaching” agreements.
Newly rebranded Bloomberg Connects committed $17 million to the development of arts access technologies at six institutions. The museums include the Brooklyn Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, and the Science Museum in London.
Art Basel has partnered with Kickstarter to promote non-commercial projects. The first round of featured projects include Gasworks, SASSAS, and the Sculpture Center.
In Pennsylvania, a young man who posted a photograph of himself on social media receiving mock fellatio from a Jesus statue was arrested and charged with “Desecration of a Venerated Object,” a law that is on the books in the state.
Larry Gagosian and sushi chef Masa Takayama are to open a new restaurant. Kappo Masa will open one floor below Gagosian’s Madison Avenue location.
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