Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Vincent van Gogh was sighted on the G train in Brooklyn.
Artist Tania Bruguera was unable to accept her accolade from the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts due to her ongoing detention by Cuban authorities.
Alex Barrett, the developer who purchased Arthur Wood’s “Broken Angel House” in Brooklyn, incorporated the artist’s work into his condominium development without Wood’s permission. Wood was evicted in 2013 following a protracted struggle with the city over the safety of his elaborately constructed home. Barrett subsequently purchased the Clinton Hill property for $4.1 million. “It’s heartbreaking,” Wood told DNAinfo. “They have taken my home and now my artwork. My artwork is now also out of context. To me that is like chopping of the head of the Mona Lisa and using it in a Starbucks ad.”
The illegally erected 100-pound bust of Edward Snowden that appeared in Fort Greene Park last month, was returned to the anonymous artists who created it. The NYPD confiscated the bust as evidence. Two of the artists who created the work are required to each pay a $50 fine to the city.
The “Speaker’s Parlour,” one of the rooms in Clandon Park House, remains “almost intact” following a devastating fire that gutted the Palladian mansion last week. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
The Foundazione Prada opened its new art space in Milan. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the foundation has twice the gallery space of the new Whitney Museum. Patrizio Bertelli, Prada’s managing director, told the Guardian, “we don’t want to pollute the Fondazione with fashion. That would exploit the artists, and they don’t like being used as an advertising tool.”
The Frick Collection will display Frederic Lord Leighton’s “Flaming June” (c.1895) this Summer. The work is on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce.
Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery is currently under investigation as part of a probe into art valuations and smuggling.
Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf, the mayor of Tehran, replaced all of the city’s billboard advertisements with reproductions of artworks.
Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art is suing architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners over alleged “architectural malpractice” and and the submission of “inherently flawed and materially defective” designs. The museum claims to have spent $1.1 million repairing damages on its 2011–12 expansion.
Five paintings that went missing during World War II were returned by the US State Department to Germany. Three of the works were won in a poker game by an American GI.
The UK’s National Lottery provided a record amount of lottery money to the arts in 2014/15. Of the £1.8 billion (~$2.8 billion) shared between the Lottery Good Causes, the arts received £359 million (~$554.6 million).
Comedian and playwright Sébastien Thiery delivered a speech while naked at France’s annual Molière Awards (Nuit des Molières). Directly addressing France’s minister of culture and communication, Fleur Pellerin — who was seated in the audience — Thiery discussed the labor injustices faced by French playwrights.
Alice Tate-Harte, a conservator for English Heritage, discovered Titian’s signature on a painting long thought to be an imitation after the artist.
The New England Institute of Art will close after current students complete their studies. A spokesman for Education Management Corp. told the Boston Globe that the institute’s success rate of employment had been unsatisfactory.
The towers of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will get a free paint job. The work, which would ordinarily have cost $3 million, will be carried out as part of a training program for apprentice painters.
The Egyptian government is investigating a rumor that a pornographic film was shot at the pyramids of Giza.
Susan G. and Edward W. Gordon donated their collection of works by Charles White to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.
The San Jose Museum of Art acquired 44 works from the collection of Barbara and Dixon Farley. The gift includes works by Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston.
The Phillips Collection acquired several hundred photography gifts in 2014, increasing its collection by over 25%.
The Cleveland Museum of Art purchased a collection of Columbian gold artifacts from Sotheby’s for an undisclosed sum.
Timothy Rodgers, the director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, will resign his post as of May 18.
Anne Flanagan, the deputy director of the Art Gallery of NSW, will retire after 23 years at the institution.
Katie Pfohl was appointed curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Kristen Watts was appointed director of exhibitions and design at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Sterling Ruby parted ways with Hauser & Wirth.
Leo Fitzpatrick was appointed director of Marlborough Chelsea.
The Munch Gallery on Broome Street will close after a four-and-a-half-year run. According to its Facebook page, the gallery is looking to relocate in the coming months.
Maria Hassabi, Sharon Lockhart, Julia Wolfe, Taylor Mac, and Tania Bruguera were the winners of the 2015 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
The Cooper Hewitt announced the winners of the 2015 National Design Awards. The late architect Michael Graves was posthumously awarded a lifetime achievement award.
John Baldessari will receive the 2015 SMFA Medal Award on May 18.
Frances Stark and Mark Godfrey won the 2015 Absolut Art Award for artwork and art writing, respectively.
Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams were the recipients of the 2016 Jerwood/FVU Awards.
Kevin Peterson was awarded the 2015 Hunting Prize.
Piotr Piotrowski (1952–2015), art historian and critic. Author of In the Shadow of Yalta: Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945–1989.
Maya Plisetskaya (1925–2015), Russian ballet star.
Einar Thorsteinn (1942–2015), architect, mathematician, and crystallographer.
Dalibor Vesely (1934–2015), architecture scholar.
New research contests the myth that it was Christianity’s opposition to public nudity that led to the decline in large-scale bathing in the late Roman Empire.
An exhibition at San Francisco’s Letterform Archive highlights typography’s role in iconic social movements from the 1800s through the present.
Contemporary art, original sketches, and more explore how the Japanese character sprung from the pages of a manga and became a global cultural sensation.
Rocks, ducks, and a self-organized survey of Gingham are some of the things to see right now in four Chicago art galleries.
Three weeks into their strike, part-time professors are escalating their protests, backed by public figures and disgruntled parents.
Eleven Contemporary Artists Explore the Meaning of Shelter at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Artists collaborate with nonprofit institutions and field experts to examine historical and contemporary determinants of housing and the feelings of safety and connection integral to places of living.
More than a dozen activists participated in the action, organized by the group Woman Life Freedom NYC.
The Wellcome Collection closed the long-term exhibition Medicine Man for concerns of “racism, sexism, and ableism.”
The award-winning Canadian artist explores notions of power through the imagery of science fiction in portraits, sculpture, and objects.
Eva Hagberg’s new book sheds light on the relationship between critic and publicist Aline Louchheim and architect Eero Saarinen.
If there is an object you have ever desired in your life, rest assured that someone in the advertising industry made money convincing you of exactly that.
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2023.
Custodians, groundskeepers, and movers at the Rhode Island School of Design are seeking wage improvement, healthcare benefits, and a retirement package.
Ceramic fried eggs, critiques of real estate, and a whole booth dedicated to female-identifying saints caught my eye at Untitled, NADA, and Art Miami.