An Anish Kapoor sculpture in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in London in 2009 (photo by Alan Trotter/Flickr)

An Anish Kapoor sculpture in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in London in 2009 (photo by Alan Trotter/Flickr)

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.

Conrad Felixmüller, “Selbstbildnis” (“Self Portrait”), plate 24, from the illustrated book ‘Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart’ (‘German Printmakers of Our Time’) by Kurt Pfister (1919; published 1920), woodcut (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College; gift of Susan E. Hardy, Nancy R. Wilsker, Sarah A. Stahl, and John S. Stahl in memory of their parents, Barbara J. and David G. Stahl, class of 1947)

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 (photo via Fernando Salicrup/Facebook)

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.

Jake Berthot, a painter based in upstate New York, died on December 31, 2014, aged 75.

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Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy...