Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
After Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Joana Vasconcelos, and Xavier Veilhan, the Palace of Versailles has selected Anish Kapoor as the next contemporary artist to exhibit in its hallowed halls. Brace yourself for the inevitable deluge of selfies.
The Yale Center for British Art closed its doors on January 1, 2015, and will not reopen until 2016, after it has undergone a major renovation of all its galleries, lecture hall, and more.
Musician PJ Harvey is turning the recording sessions for her next album into an art piece: she and her band will record her next album at London’s Somerset House behind one-way mirrors as part of a month-long public artwork titled “Recording in Progress” (January 16–February 14).
The undulating, perforated façade of the the Broad Museum — megacollector Eli Broad’s latest project, from High Line co-designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro, due to open in Los Angeles in the fall — was found to be far less impressive than renderings had suggested when it was revealed on New Year’s Eve.
The staff of the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began moving into the institution’s brand new building, which will open to the public on January 16.
The Smithsonian Institution’s federal appropriation for fiscal year 2015 totaled $819.5 million — including $24 million to for the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — bringing it up $14.5 million from its appropriation for fiscal year 2014.
Three gifts totaling $1.7 million — two anonymous and one from Wilmingtonians Peggy and Ed Woolard — have given the Delaware Art Museum its first endowed curatorial position, henceforth known as the Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts received a long-term loan of 396 paintings, 77 photographs, 64 works on paper, and 21 sculptures from the collection of the late Myron Kunin. Over 80 of the pieces are featured in American Modernism: Selections from the Kunin Collection of American Art, which opened yesterday.
The Hood Art Museum at Dartmouth College received a gift of 118 American and European artworks from the children of the late collectors Barbara J. and David G. Stahl, including Old Master prints by Rembrandt and Dürer and modern works by Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde, and Käthe Kollwitz.
The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, received a $150,000 grant award from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to support the installation of its collection of miniature portraits in its new building, due to open in spring 2016.
Art Basel appointed the Hong Kong–based art adviser Adeline Ooi to be its new director for Asia, replacing Magnus Renfrew.
Artist Lina Selander, who works primarily in video and installation, has been selected to represent Sweden at this year’s Venice Biennale.
Two pedestals that typically hold marble busts of Mithradates the Great and the allegorical figure of Europe were found smashed in the amphitheater of the Grand Trianon park at the Palace of Versailles. The sculptures themselves, by an unknown artist and dated to the late-17th or early-18th century, had been removed to protect them from the snow.
The executors of the late author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s will and the Rosenbach Museum and Library of Philadelphia are in disagreement over the value of the collection of rare books left by Sendak in his will to the Rosenbach. Thus far the executors have only handed over 349 of the 800 books, prompting a lawsuit from the library.
The Québecois painter Jacques Hurtubise died suddenly on December 27, 2014, at his home on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, aged 75.
Fernando Salicrup, the co-founder and executive director of Taller Boricua/Puerto Rican Workshop, died on January 1, 2015, aged 68.
John Bowsher, the vice president of museum infrastructure at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a longtime friend and colleague of the institution’s director, Michael Govan, died on December 29, 2014, aged 62.
The committee’s main responsibilities will be to shape policy goals, stimulate arts philanthropy, and advocate for the expansion of federal backing of the cultural sector.
Some museumgoers pointed out that the museum’s label omitted discussions of HIV/AIDS, which are at the heart of the work.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
But a museum in Harvard is still named after a member of the disgraced family, notorious for its role in the opioid crisis.
Parker’s stories bring so many of her works alive, give them meaning, and make us warm to her and to them. Is that a problem?
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
The works, and worlds, on display in Hancock’s exhibition seem saturated with a desire for narrative redemption through self-observation and aspects of his Christian upbringing.
The problem with Andrew Dominik’s biopic Blonde is its assumption that Monroe’s victimization was the most fascinating thing about her.
When I recently came across Sandra Cattaneo Adorno’s photo book Águas de Ouro, I could hear the waves and boomboxes, and even taste the salt on my lips.
Works by over 70 artists of the pan-South Asian diaspora were up for auction to help Pakistan’s most vulnerable communities in a women- and queer-led initiative.
The board of 70 Washington Street in Brooklyn, which previously housed an artist residency, is weighing the replacement of Helen Brough’s “Emulated Flora” with generic photographs of Brooklyn landmarks.