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Christo, “The Floating Piers (Project for Lake Iseo, Italy) Collage” (2014), 17 x 22 inches, pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map, fabric sample and tape (© 2014 Christo, photo by André Grossmann) (click to enlarge)

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

Xavier de Jarcy and Francois Chaslin, authors of two new books about Le Corbusier, documented links between the architect and the collaborationist Vichy regime. The writers also uncovered Le Corbusier’s authorship of anti-semitic statements and drawings, and his close association with Pierre Winter, the head of France’s Revolutionary Fascist Party.

Jasper Johns’s former studio assistant, James Meyer, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing and selling the artist’s works. Meyer, who worked with Johns for over 25 years, must pay $13 million in restitution and forfeit $3.9 million.

Christo plans to create a floating walkway around Lake Iseo in Italy next year. The artist has so far raised €10 million ($11 million) for the project, which is entitled “The Floating Piers.”

A group of researchers plan to virtually restore the artifacts damaged by ISIS at Iraq’s Mosul Museum. It’s hoped that the digital reconstruction of the museum’s collection will aid efforts to track down and identify looted items. To learn more or volunteer, visit

Federal agents recovered 122 of an estimated 100,000 missing works of art funded by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The pieces were discovered in a storage space in the Grand Avenue Branch of the South San Francisco Public Library.

Conservators working on Daniel Maclise’s “The Waterloo Cartoon” (1858) (photo © Benedict Johnson, courtesy Royal Academy of Arts) (click to enlarge)

Daniel Maclise’s 13-x-13-meter drawing of the meeting between the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal Blücher at the Battle of Waterloo was restored in advance of the battle’s bicentenary (June 18). The 1858 cartoon, which took over a year to complete, was last displayed in 1972.

Workers at London’s National Gallery are striking today and next Friday as part of an ongoing showdown over plans to privatize visitor services. Read Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of the strikes here and here.

Archaeologists discovered the ruins of what’s thought to be a missing portion of the Great Wall of China.

Ernest Magliato will ask the Italian American Museum to return a donation in protest of the institution’s decision to evict an 85-year-old woman from her apartment as part of an expansion plan.

The Toledo Museum of Art went “off the grid.” The museum is now completely powered by solar energy.

Blum & Poe is aiming to obtain carbon neutral status by 2016.

According to a report by the British insurance firm Hiscox, online sales of art rose to $2.64 billion in 2014 (4.8% of the value of the global art market), up from $1.57 billion the previous year.

The Cleveland Museum of Art entered into discussions with the Cambodian government regarding a 10th-century statue of the Hindu god Hanuman in its collection. Cambodian officials have previously stated that the work was looted from the Prasat Chen temple.

New York City’s Museum of Sex was charged $82,192 lien for failing to pay sales tax since 2011.

One of several drawings discovered by Joseph Goeddeke (via (click to enlarge)

Joseph Goeddeke, an employee of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, discovered a cache of satanic drawings inside an abandoned Detroit home.

According to a report by The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, the top 5% of authors earned 42% of the income received by writers in 2013. The report also states that writers earned 29% less in 2013 than in 2005.

The Center for Art on Migration Politics (Camp), an exhibition space dedicated to asylum and migration issues, opened in Copenhagen.

Sculptor Conrad Shawcross unveiled a new work in London’s Dulwich Park. Made of cheap metal, the work was commissioned to replace a piece by Barbara Hepworth stolen in 2011.

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA (aka Gary Grice) will discuss art and physics in an upcoming lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

A “museum” dedicated to figure-skating rivals Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan opened in Williamsburg. Curated by comedians Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins, the museum — which raised $2,036 on Kickstarter — is installed in the hallway of their apartment.


Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson donated 42 works to the Art Institute of Chicago, the largest gift in the museum’s history.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donated $1.5 million to MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology.

The Cleveland Art Museum acquired a 19th-century Persian imperial tent. Measuring 12 x 13 feet in diameter, the circular tent is inscribed to the Qajar Dynasty ruler Muhammad Shah.

Muhammad Shah’s royal tent (r. detail. 1834–48), Iran, Rasht, Qajar period (1779–1925), plain weave: wool, inlaid work, silk embroidery in chain stitch, overall (in center) h: 360 cm, d: 400 cm, Cleveland Museum of Art, J.H. Wade Trust Fund (courtesy the Cleveland Museum of Art) (click to enlarge)


The Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC — the first public building in the US designed for displaying art — will reopen in November following a two-year, $30 million renovation.

Having spent ten years at 195 Tenth Avenue, Printed Matter will move to a new Chelsea location in September.

Chris Dercon accepted a post at the experimental Volksbuhne Theatre in Berlin. He will step down as the director of Tate Modern in 2017.

Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was appointed chair of the Hispanic Society of America.

Cara Starke was appointed director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Katherine de Vos Devine was appointed the first executive director of the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center.

The Harvard Art Museums appointed Edouard Kopp the Maida and George Abrams associate curator of drawings in the museum’s division of European and American Art.

San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will close on June 28. The museum is currently looking for a new site.

El Anatsui, “Hovor II” (2004) (photo by Sharon Mollerus/Flickr)


El Anatsui will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 56th Venice Biennale.

The Pulitzer Prize board announced its 2015 award recipients.

Five artists were given the 2015 Francis J. Greenburger Award: Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Steve Wolfe, Alison Knowles, Suchan Kinoshita, and Malcolm Morley

Ildiko Kovacs was given the Bulgari Art Award.

A Blade of Grass announced the recipients of its 2015 Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art: Sol Aramendi, Laura Chipley, Steven Ciampaglia & Kerry Richardson, Suzanne Lacy, Mary Mattingly, Nigel Poor, Dread Scott and Adaku Utah.

Jon Ippolito and Joanne McNeil were the inaugural winners of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Arts Writing Fellowship Award in the digital arts.


Norman Rockwell, “Rosie the Riveter” (1943), oil on canvas, 52 x 40 inches, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (courtesy the Saturday Evening Post, photo by Dwight Primiano) (click to enlarge)

M.H. Abrams (1912–2015), Romanticism scholar and founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature.

Mary Doyle Keefe (1920s–2015), model for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” (1943).

Sargy Mann (1937–2015), painter.

A. Alfred Taubman (1924–2015), former owner and chairman of Sotheby’s, convicted for conspiring to fix commission rates with staff at Christie’s.

Betty Willis (1923–2015), graphic designer, best known for designing Nevada’s iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

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Tiernan Morgan is the former producer of Hyperallergic. His articles have examined New York’s 1980s art scene and artist resale royalties. He also collaborates with artist and regular Hyperallergic contributor...