Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
A theatrical performance in Kabul was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing four. The Taliban denounced the play, in which characters grapple with the aftermath of a bombing, and claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tate has been given 35 days to disclose the sums it received from BP during the oil giant’s 1990–2006 sponsorship of the London institution, an informal tribunal in the UK decided in a case brought by the activist group Platform.
The Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City has had to hire additional security staff and guides to deal with the huge crowds visiting its Yayoi Kusama retrospective. The museum usually receives 5,000 visitors per month but has seen attendance spike to 2,100 per day during the Kusama show.
Workers at the American Museum of Natural History are restoring artifacts in the institution’s Hall of Northwest Coast Indians after a fire broke out in the gallery on December 12.
Loving Vincent, a feature-length documentary from director and artist Dorota Kobiela, will feature animated versions of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.
Lincoln Castle in Lincolnshire, UK, will close for three months as part of a £22 million (~$34 million) project to build a new vault for the Magna Carta.
The art scene in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is coming into its own with two major art spaces — the Gateway Project and Gallery Aferro — expanding and Rutgers University set to open a new cultural center dubbed “Express Newark.”
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced a slew of acquisitions, including Mattia Preti’s “The Visitation” (1613–19), Gilbert Stuart’s “Portrait of Rebecca White Pickering (Mrs. Timothy Pickering)” (1817–18), 84 woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui, and a trove of Russian Constructivist photographs.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceuticals giant, donated N.C. Wyeth’s “Public Health and Morale” (c. 1943) to the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
John Elderfield was appointed the first Allen R. Adler, class of 1967, distinguished curator and lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Dan Byers was appointed a senior curator at the ICA Boston.
Hubert De Witte and Till-Holger Borchert were appointed the new directors of the Bruges Museums.
Dennis McFadden was hired to be the new director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.
Thomas Galante was fired from his position as the director of the Queens Library over his excessive spending.
Susan Talbott announced that she will retire as the director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.
The Centre Pompidou removed the Jeff Koons sculpture “Fait d’Hiver” (1988) from his current retrospective there after the French adman Franck Davidovici sued the artist for copyright infringement.
Beatriz Palacios, a former assistant registrar at the Aspen Art Museum, is suing the institution, claiming that she was fired for no reason and in spite of good performance.
Australia’s Attorney General ordered a review of the country’s laws regulating the importing and exporting of cultural objects after the National Gallery launched an investigation into the provenance of 54 Asian artifacts in its collection.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Painters & Sculptors grants.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts was awarded the 2015 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom.
Jane Brown (1925–2014), portrait photographer.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.