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

The Suicide Girls, a community of models and burlesque performers, announced that they will sell prints of their Instagram posts for charity after discovering that Richard Prince’s appropriations of their posts were reportedly being sold for around $90,000 each at Frieze New York. “If I had a nickel for every time someone used our images without our permission in a commercial endeavour I’d be able to spend $90,000 on art,” stated Suicide Girls co-founder Missy. “[We] are going to sell the exact same prints people payed $90,000 for $90 each. I hope you love them. Beautiful Art, 99.9% off the original price.”

ISIS executed 20 men at Palmyra’s ancient amphitheater according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tunisian officials arrested a second suspect in connection to the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera was detained by state security agents after staging a group reading of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) at her Havana home. The Los Angeles Times‘s Carolina A. Miranda noted that the concurrent Havana Biennial has “proceeded as planned,” despite calls for a boycott.

The individual who purchased Pablo Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger [version O]” (1955) for $179 million at Christie’s has yet to be identified. CNBC claims that its sources have confirmed that the painting was not purchased by former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, as was widely reported last week.

Staff at London’s National Gallery held another round of strikes.

National Gallery director Nicholas Penny acknowledged that Dublin has “some moral claim” to its collection of Impressionist paintings bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane. Sir Lane, who was killed on board the Lusitania when it was struck by a German torpedo in 1915, added an amendment to his will — which went unwitnessed — indicating that he wanted the paintings to reside in Dublin.

The chief of the Miawpukek First Nation Band entered into repatriation talks with officials at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The remains of two Beothuk people killed in the 1820s — a chief named Nonosabusut, and his wife Demasduit — entered the museum’s collection after their bodies were shipped to Britain for study.

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley warned that government cuts would hurt the “cultural growth” of England’s cities. Chancellor George Osborne is widely expected to outline around £30 billion in government spending cuts in July.

Artist Darren Cullen is looking to open an anti-Margaret Thatcher museum in London.

The leaked Sony emails include extensive correspondence between the Gagosian Gallery and a number of Hollywood executives. The correspondence centers on Andreas Gursky’s use of comic book characters including Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman.

An exhibition of work by Hermann Nitsch, which was cancelled by the Museo Jumex, is scheduled to open at the Museo Zac ai Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo on July 10.

Works from Maya Angelou’s art collection, including a Faith Ringgold quilt portraying the late poet that was commissioned by Oprah Winfrey, will be auctioned at Swann Auction Galleries on September 15.

Faith Ringgold, “Maya’s Quilt of Life” (1989), acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border (courtesy Swann Auction Galleries)

Tokyo architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA were awarded the contract for the Art Gallery of New South Whales’s $450 million renovation.

The BBC’s James Reynolds examined some of the antiquities that the US recently returned to Italy. The absence of page-holders to secure the antique books at the press conference is somewhat concerning (in the video beginning at the 49-second mark).

London’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled Sean Henry’s sculpture of World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

Tokyo’s Hotel Okura, described by Curbed as a “1960s Tokyo time capsule,” will undergo a transformative renovation ahead of the 2022 Olympic Games.

The United States Postal Service will release a stamp featuring Flannery O’Connor next month.

Eyebeam launched a journalism fellowship in partnership with Buzzfeed.

Robert Reynolds, the Brooklyn resident who became a viral sensation after a Reddit user pointed out his incredible resemblance to Vincent van Gogh, will star in a web series entitled “The Van Gogh Show.”

Jack Vettriano is taking an indefinite break from painting after sustaining a shoulder injury.


KAWS, “ALONG THE WAY” (2013) (Brooklyn Museum, gift in honor of Arnold Lehman; photo by Adam Reich, courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

KAWS’s monumental wooden sculpture of two figures, “ALONG THE WAY,” will go on display in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum from June 10 to December 6. The work was donated to the museum in honor of outgoing director Arnold Lehman by an anonymous donor.

Barbara Streisand will donate John Singer Sargent’s “Mrs. Cazalet and Children Edward and Victor” (1900–01) to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Jennifer and John Eagle donated $3 million to the Dallas Museum of Art for the renovation of the museum’s north entrance. The Hamon Charitable Foundation donated an additional $1.3 million toward the project.

The Artist Protection Fund, a three-year pilot project which will offer grants and university places for threatened artists, received $2.79 million in funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is being led by the the Institute of International Education.

The Brigham Young Museum of Art acquired Carl Bloch’s “The Mocking of Christ” (1880). The painting was recently rediscovered by Danish art dealer Peter Titelbach.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquired Sheila Hicks’s “Tapestry” (1977).

Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art acquired works by Cecily Brown, Roni Horn, Martha Rosler, and Joseph Yoakum.

Martha Rosler, “Cleaning the Drapes from House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home” (1967–72, printed 2007), inkjet print (National Gallery of Art, Washington, gift of the Collectors Committee and Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund; courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington)


The funding of the UC San Diego University Art Gallery was severely cut.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts will move to a space in a new 32-story facility at the intersection of Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn.

David Little was appointed director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

Monica Ponce de Leon was named the next dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture.

Jennifer Hardin resigned her post as chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

Tina Oldknow, the senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, will retire in September.

Suzanne Hall retired her post as chief communications officer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Husband-and-wife team Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley were appointed the curators of the third Istanbul Design Biennial.

After announcing that it would close its doors in June, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will remain open through September.


The Rhode Island School of Design will award an honorary degree to filmmaker John Waters.

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse were awarded the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

Lawrence Weiner was awarded the Roswitha Haftmann Prize.

Lawrence Weiner, “A Rubber Ball Thrown on the Sea, Cat. No. 146” (1969/ realized 2010), the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC (photo by Joe Loong/Flickr)


Helen Kohen (unconfirmed–2015), art historian and retired Miami Herald art critic.

Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015), photographer.

Christian Schneeberger (1965–2015), art dealer and curator (announcement received from the Andrew Edlin Gallery).

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Tiernan Morgan

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...

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