Pablo Picasso, Curtain for the Ballet “Le Tricorne” (1919), tempera on canvas, c. 20 x 19 feet, New-York Historical Society, gift of New York Landmarks Conservancy (courtesy of Vivendi Universal, 2014.19. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York)

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

Pablo Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” (“The Three-Cornered Hat”) (1919) will go on display at the New-York Historical Society starting May 29. The work — a painted theater curtain commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes — was previously installed at the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building. The removal of the work from the Seagram building was both a legal and logistical nightmare.

Palestinian police confiscated Banksy’s stencil of the Greek goddess Niobe from Gaza graffiti artist Belal Khaled, who claims to have paid 700 Shekels (~$175) for the work. Last week, Gaza resident Rabea Darduna claimed that a group of men pressured him into selling the piece, which was created by Banksy amid the ruins of Darduna’s home. “The policemen took the door away and they told me it would be held in accordance with a court order because there was a lawsuit against me,” Khaled told Reuters. “I am the true owner of the door now, and I will seek to establish this in court.”

James Russell, the president of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, criticized a bill that would ban the sale and trade of ivory “in all forms of any age.” “The unintended consequence of Bill H-1275, in its present form, is to kill the art and study of scrimshaw, Russell said. “For the New Bedford Whaling Museum, this would be an unmitigated disaster.”

Gregg Bemis, the owner of the RMS Lusitania, accused the Irish government of abandoning the shipwreck to treasure seekers and pirates. A total of 1,198 passengers died when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915.

Architect David Chipperfield disowned his design for Milan’s Museum of Culture after claiming that the materials used for its construction were low quality. In a press conference, Chipperfield labeled the building a “museum of horrors” and “a pathetic end to 15 years of work.”

Warhol’s First Studio Lease

The lease for Andy Warhol’s first studio on 159 East 87st Street, signed by the artist, December 10, 1962, 13 1/2 by 8 3/8 in. The document was sold at Sotheby’s for $13,750 (see “Transactions” section below). (photo courtesy Sotheby’s)

Tulane University discovered it that owned rare 19th- and 20th-century casts of ancient Mayan monuments after commissioning an inventory of its holdings.

Orange County awarded a contract for the partial demolition of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York. However, a judge ruled Friday that demolition work could not begin until July at the earliest. (Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage here.)

A replica of France’s Grotte Chauvet, the site containing what are believed to be the world’s oldest cave drawings, will open to the public on April 25.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation launched an Emerging Artist Grant Program. The program will award a group of 10 artists grants of $12,000 each.


Broken Angel House, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (© Chris Wood) (click to enlarge)

Curbed NY published renderings of the condo development that will be built on the former site of the Broken Angel House in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture approved plans to build an underwater museum from the ruins of a recently discovered Byzantine-era basilica.

The Tate released its third Minecraft map, a rendering of Peter Blake’s “The Toy Shop” (1962).

The United States Postal Service will not reissue a stamp honoring Maya Angelou that features a quotation by a completely different author.

The Bruce High Quality Foundation opened a new space named the Foundation University Gallery, aka “FUG.”

Maya Lin was chosen to lead a redesign of the Smith College Library.

The International Center of Photography closed on the $23.5-million purchase of its future home at 250 Bowery on New York’s Lower East Side.

Artists including Frank Stella, Hank Willis Thomas, and Ryan Trecartin, will speak as part of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 2015 Summer Series. Events are free and require registration.


Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, “La Liberté Éclairant Le Monde” (1878 – cast in 2010), numbered 5/8. Bronze, parcel gilt and dark green patina, 112 5/8 inches tall (courtesy Sotheby’s)

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s “La Liberté Éclairant Le Monde” (1878), a bronze edition created from Bartholdi’s model for the Statue of Liberty, sold at Sotheby’s “The New York Sale” for $970,000. The edition was created by laser scanning the original plaster model. The same sale also saw Andy Warhol’s first studio lease (pictured above) sell for $13,750. In 1962, the artist’s rent at 159 East 87th Street was $150 per year.

The Dia Art Foundation acquired La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s “Dream House,” one of the couple’s best known installation works.

Philanthropist and collector Peter Norton donated 50 contemporary artworks to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum — one of eight institutions receiving gifts from the collector.

The Bloch Family Foundation will finance an $11.7 million renovation of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The space will house 29 works from Henry and Marion Bloch’s collection.

Richard Rogers donated the home he built for his parents to Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The home in Wimbledon, London, will be used for the training of doctorate students.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquired works by Terry Adkins, Ed Clark, and Leslie Hewitt.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. The gift will go towards educational programs for local public schools.

Tiffany & Co. will sponsor the next three Whitney Biennials (2017, 2019, 2021) in a deal said to be worth $5 million.


The Great Court, British Museum, London (via flickr/Paul Hudson)

Neil MacGregor stepped down as director of the British Museum. MacGregor is currently heading an advisory board for the planned Humboldt Forum project in Berlin.

Doreen Bolger, the director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, will retire on June 30.

Katy Clark will succeed Karen Brooks Hopkins as president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Matthew Teitelbaum was appointed Ann and Graham Gund director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Artist Richard Philllips joined the Dallas Contemporary’s board of directors.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts appointed Clint Jukkala as Dean of its School of Fine Arts.

The artist Barbara Ernst Prey was appointed to the Museums board of the the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (no link available).

French auction house Artcurial is opening a branch in Israel.

For its 2015 edition, the NADA Miami Beach art fair will relocate to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The Rizzoli Bookstore is set to open at its new location, 1133 Broadway, in June.


Artist Caitlin Cherry was one of five recipients of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The recipients of 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships include artists Mel Chin, Amanda Church, and Agnes Denes.


Paule M. Anglim (1920s–2015), art dealer.

Moira Gemmill (1959–2015), former director of design at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Phyllis R. Klotman (1924–2015), film scholar.

Nima Petgar (1946–2015), painter.

Naomi Wilzig (1934–2015), collector and founder of the World Erotic Art Museum.

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