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

Andrew Shannon was sentenced to five years in prison for punching a hole through a Claude Monet painting. Shannon initially told the police that he damaged the painting, part of National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, to “get back at the state.”

A silver plate created by Pablo Picasso was stolen from the 2014 Art Miami art fair. The piece, which is thought to be worth around $85,000, belongs to the Leslie Smith Gallery.

Art dealer Helly Nahmad was released from prison, five months into a one-year-and-one-day sentence. Nahmad pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business in November 2013.

Winslow Homer, “Charles Prentice Howland” (1878). Oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 13 ¼ in. (Clark Art Institute. Gift of Susan Montgomery Howell in Memory of Esther Howland Montgomery and Henry and David Howland, 2014.)

A suit filed by billionaire Ronald Perelman accusing Larry Gagosian of fraud was dismissed by a five-judge appeals court. The blow-up between the two friends erupted over the sale of a Jeff Koons Popeye sculpture. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage here.

The Royal Institute of British Architects overturned its own motion calling for Israel to be suspended from the International Union of Architects (UIA).

Over 350 Roman artifacts were discovered by gardeners hacking through overgrown vegetation at the Villa Wolkonsky, home to the British ambassador in Rome.

Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, pledged his support for the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece.

Artist Jon Rubin intends to invest his $15,000 award from The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments into expanding the Palestinian iteration of the Conflict Kitchen, of which he is co-director. The restaurant and social practice project was forced to temporarily close recently after receiving a letter containing death threats. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage here.

DisArt Festival, a new 15-day long festival which aims to build an appreciation for works by artists with disabilities, will launch in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 10, 2015.

The M I N T Art Gallery, a non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio, is planning to hold a fundraiser after thieves ripped out coper piping and stole thousands of dollars worth of art materials. The event page for the fundraiser, which is being held on December 19, can be found here.

70 paintings were stolen from the Puerta de Alcalá art gallery, in Madrid.

The Stedelijk Museum launched a free, online academic journal, Stedelijk Studies.

A thirteen-year-old artist, Muhammad Mahmoud Quraiqe, intends to set the world record for the highest number of portraits drawn over one week.


E.H. Shepard, “For a long time they looked at the river beneath them” (courtesy Sotheby’s)

One of E.H. Shepard’s best known Winnie-the-Pooh drawings, “For a long time they looked at the river beneath them’ (first published in 1928), sold for £314,500 (~$494,000) at Sotheby’s, a figure three times its estimate and a world record for an original book illustration at auction.

Vladimir Putin presented the State Hermitage Museum with a Fabergé clock-egg on the occasion of the museum’s 250th birthday. The piece was last purchased at public auction for £9 million ($14.1 million).

The Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation donated $8 million to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), the largest staff endowment gift ever received by the museum.

The North Carolina Museum of Art received a $13 million gift from an anonymous donor.

MoMA acquired a “4D printed” dress created by the design studio Nervous System.

A previously unexhibited Winslow Homer portrait was donated to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The 1878 painting of Charles Prentice Howland is on view at the museum beginning December 12. (Pictured above.)


Filmmaker and author Hannah Rothschild was appointed the first woman chair of the National Gallery London’s board of trustees. Rothschild will assume the role in August 2015.

Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space is to relocate to Detroit. The organization’s website claims that is purchased its new 600,000 sq ft space for the price of a small New York City apartment.

George R. Goldner, the chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s drawings and prints department is to step down after 21 years.

Jochen Volz will curate the 32nd São Paulo Bienal.

Marianne Richter was appointed director of the Columbus Museum, Georgia.

Doug Woodham, the president of Christie’s Americas division, is stepping down at the end of the month.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Foundation renewed their alliance for another twenty years.

The New Orleans biennial Prospect will become a triennial with Prospect 4, opening in Fall 2017.

The renovation of Canada’s National Art Centre will cost over $110 million ($95.1 million USD).

Santa Barbara’s Planning Commission has approved a $50 million expansion of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA).

The Brennan & Griffin gallery plans to open a new space in Red Hook, Brooklyn in May 2015.

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) appointed Elizabeth Athens as its assistant curator of American art.

The Saint Louis Art Museum has begun construction on a new sculpture garden.

A view of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new sculpture garden with Aristide Maillol’s “The Mountain” in the foreground (courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum)


Architect Moshe Safdie, a former apprentice of Louis Kahn, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal.

Christine Tohme and artist Martha Wilson were announced the recipients of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, an annual prize given by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Marilyn Arsem was awarded the 2015 Maud Morgan Prize, the first performance artist to receive the award.


Wynn Chamberlain (1927–2014), realist painter, author, and filmmaker.

Michel du Cille (1956–2014), photojournalist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Artist Jane Freilicher (1924–2014), a leading member of the New York School.

Arthur Leipzig (1918–2014), renowned documentary photographer.

Artist Renato Mambor (1936–2014), a founder of Conceptual Neo-Figuration.

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Tiernan Morgan

Tiernan Morgan is the former producer of Hyperallergic. His articles have examined New York’s 1980s art scene and artist resale royalties. He also collaborates with artist and regular Hyperallergic contributor...