Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
John Re, a resident of East Hampton, pleaded guilty to selling fake artworks by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Re, who purchased a submarine with his gains, scammed collectors out of $2.5 million over the course of nine years.
The British Museum has loaned one of the Parthenon marbles (aka, the “Elgin marbles”) to the Hermitage Museum. The Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, described the British Museum’s decision as “an affront” to the Greek people.
The son of Dresden art collector Helmuth Meissner is attempting to reclaim a Dutch still life from a New York family who purchased the painting 25 years ago. Adriaen Coorte’s “Still Life With Chestnuts” (1705) was one of 2,000 objects confiscated from Meissner’s home by the East German police.
The Moscow Artists Union is petitioning against the seizure of government provided studios and workshops. Free spaces were provided to a number of arts organizations for a period of 25 years following a directive issued by Moscow’s former mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
The Public Catalogue Foundation completed its documentation of every painting held in public ownership throughout the United Kingdom. According to the Telegraph, some 80% of the 212,000 listed paintings sit in storage spaces.
An infestation of mice at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters is thought to have been caused by the delivery of auction items from the estate of Listerine heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.
London Underground revealed the cover of the 21st edition of the London tube map, featuring an artwork by Daniel Buren.
A campaign to purchase William Blake’s Sussex cottage has until December 12 to reach its stated goal of £520,000 ($815,000). The Blake Society is looking to transform the cottage into a “home for artists, authors [and] thinkers.”
The number of works licensed under creative commons agreements is predicted to surpass the 1-billion mark in 2015.
Michael Buxton, an Australian property developer, donated his art collection to the University of Melbourne. A additional donation of $16 million ($13.4 USD) will go towards the construction of a new gallery dubbed the Michael Buxton Centre of Contemporary Arts (MBCOCA).
The British Library acquired over 100 letters written by Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
J.M.W. Turner‘s “Rome, From Mount Avertine” (1835) was sold at Sotheby’s for £30.3 million (approximately $47.3 million).
New York Times reporter Carol Vogel accepted a voluntary buyout as part of larger newsroom cuts. Vogel’s departure follows accusations last summer that she had copied extracts from Wikipedia for an article on Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo.
Richard Prince announced plans to open a public art space in the Catskill Mountains.
Christie’s chief executive Stephen Murphy will leave his position at the end of the year.
Laura Skandera Trombley was appointed the president of the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
Eva Respini was appointed chief curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Construction has begun on a new space for the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston.
The U.K’s chancellor of the exchequer, George Osbourne, announced plans for a new arts venue in Manchester.
An 11-member jury has selected six potential concept designs for a new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki.
The Art Writers Grant Program announced their 2014 grant recipients.
Rami Maymon was awarded the Norton Museum of Art’s Rudin Prize.
Mark Strand (1934–2014), former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer prize winner.