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Jacob Lawrence, ‘The Migration Series’ (1940–41). Panel 58: “In the North the Negro had better educational facilities,” casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12 inches. (The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY)

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

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery became the first Smithsonian institutions to digitize their entire collections. Beginning January 1, images of over 40,000 works of Asian art will be made available for noncommercial use.

The FBI and LAPD recovered nine works of art in an undercover operation. The artworks, which include Marc Chagall’s “Les Paysans” and Diego Rivera’s “Mexican Peasant,” were stolen from the home of an elderly couple in 2008.

The Museum of Modern Art will reunite Jacob Lawrence’s 60-panel Migration series (1940–1) for public display in April. The series, which charts the mass migration of African American’s from the rural South, was last displayed in its entirety in 1994 (image at top of post).

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) ratified a new four year contract with the National Gallery of Canada. The retroactive contract makes provisions for annual pay increases and improvements to employees acting pay.

Illuminate the Arts, the non-profit behind the “Bay Lights,” a temporary LED artwork strung across San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, raised $4 million for the reinstallation of the piece. The work, which was created by artist Leo Villareal, is slated to be re-installed by January 2016.

The street artist Blu painted over one of his best known murals. The destruction of the multi-building artwork in Kreuzberg, Berlin was reportedly a reaction against the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification.

A mural by Blu in Kreuzberg, Berlin; the street artist destroyed the work late last week (via Flickr/Frank M. Rafik)

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program launched a new website. The organization, which awards rent-free studio spaces to 17 artists every year, is currently accepting applications for its 2015–2016 residencies.

ICA Boston board member Barbara Lee donated 43 works to the museum, all of which were created by female artists.

Art + Practice, an exhibition space and youth services center, is set to open in February 2015. The project is a collaboration between artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist Eileen Harris, activist Allan DiCastro, the Hammer Museum, and the RightWay Foundation.

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now became the highest attended exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with over 127,000 visitors so far. The show continues through January 19.

Artsy unveiled “Museums of France,” a digital collaboration with 21 French museums including the Louvre, Palais de Tokyo, and Musée Rodin.

Matisse (2014), a behind the scenes documentary of the Tate Modern’s exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, will open in US movie theaters on January 13.

Gregory Speck donated his $1 million taxidermy collection to the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Transitions

(via Facebook/Fulton Ryder)

Manifesta 12 will be held in Palermo, Sicily in 2018.

Fulton Ryder, the by-appointment bookstore founded by Richard Prince on the Upper East Side, will close next week.

Made in L.A. 2016, the next Hammer Museum biennial, will be curated by Hamza Walker and Aram Moshayedi.

Edgar Peters Bowron, the Audrey Jones Beck curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is retiring after having worked at the museum for 18 years.

Susan L. Talbott, the director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, will depart after the museum’s expanded galleries reopen in Fall 2015.

The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden hired Stéphane Aquin as their new chief curator.

The J. Paul Getty Trust hired Janet Feldstein McKillop as an executive fundraiser.

Anna Stothart was appointed The Brown Foundation curator of Modern and Contemporary art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Phillips auction house appointed Matt Carey-Williams as deputy chairman of Europe and Asia, and Damien Whitmore as its creative director.

Accolades

Lisa Oppenheim was awarded the biannual Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography.

Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Obituaries

John Grillo (1917–2014), Abstract Expressionist painter.

Jeffrey Vanchiro, aka Jeffery ‘KORN’ Gamblero (1976–2014), New York-based graffiti artist.

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