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The Acropolis in Athens (photo by Christine Zenino/Flickr)
The Acropolis in Athens (photo by Christine Zenino/Flickr)

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

Due to the scarcity of bills and coins in Greece amid the country’s ongoing economic crisis, the Acropolis has abandoned its cash-only policy and begun accepting credit cards.

Archaeologists working in the catacombs of Anubis, around Saqqara in Egypt, have discovered some 8 million mummified animals, most of them dogs.

Murals by Thomas Cole have been discovered under layers of wall paint at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York. The Historic Site is seeking some $610,000 in grants to fund the uncovering and restoration of the murals.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked six Byzantine ivory sculptures from being imported. The works had been loaned by the British Museum for an exhibition due to travel to the Museum of Russian Icons and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Leandro Erlich, "Pulled by the roots" (2015) for The City Is the Star festival (Photo by Fidelis Fuchs © ZKM | Karlsruhe)
Leandro Erlich, “Pulled by the roots” (2015) for
The City Is the Star festival (Photo by Fidelis Fuchs © ZKM | Karlsruhe) (click to enlarge)

As part of Karlsruhe’s The City Is the Star festival, artist Leandro Erlich created a dramatic public installation of a construction crane seemingly uprooting a small house.

Newport Street Gallery, a gallery Damien Hirst is building in London to display works from his personal collection as well as temporary exhibitions, will open to the public on October 8 with an exhibition of John Hoyland paintings.

Sculptures by six contemporary artists will be installed at Embassy Gardens, a residential and commercial development near the new US Embassy in London, including new works by Sarah Lucas, Simon Fujiwara, and Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq.

Three new public art commissions — by Mark Bradford, Pae White, and the Ball-Nogues studio — were unveiled in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

A new report by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport claims creative industries in the UK are growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy.

An 11th-century Indian statue of Saint Manikkavichavakar valued at $1 million that was allegedly smuggled into the US was handed over to federal agents in New York by a collector who had bought it from disgraced dealer Subhash Kapoor.

Transactions

Adriaen de Vries, "Bacchant" (1626) (courtesy the Rijksmuseum)
Adriaen de Vries, “Bacchant” (1626) (courtesy the Rijksmuseum) (click to enlarge)

The Rijksmuseum announced the acquisition of Adriaen de Vries’s dramatic bronze sculpture “Bacchant” (1626).

Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker from Los Angeles’s Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, which had a pre-sale estimate of $2,000–4,000, sold for $212,500 during the “Hollywood Legends” sale at Julien’s Auction.

The North Miami City Council approved $1.85 million in funding for the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami.

The non-profit ArtsWave awarded more than $10 million in grants to Cincinnati-based organizations, including $1,635,000 for the Cincinnati Art Museum and $405,000 for the Contemporary Arts Center.

The Delaware Art Museum retired its construction debts and replenished its endowment by selling Andrew Wyeth’s “Arthur Cleveland” and Winslow Homer’s “Milking Time.” It had previously sold an Alexander Calder mobile and a William Holman Hunt painting in attempts to pay off its $19.8 million debt.

An Israeli court ruled that a prized collection of Franz Kafka’s manuscripts belongs to the National Library of Israel.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired eight works by six artists — Math Bass, Brian Bress, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Brendan Fowler, Gala Porras-Kim, and Channing Hansen — through its Art Here and Now initiative, which aims to support emerging and mid-career artists based in Los Angeles.

Transitions

Toronto's Tower Automotive Building, the future home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (photo by Sally Hewson/Flickr)
Toronto’s Tower Automotive Building, the future home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (photo by Sally Hewson/Flickr)

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto will move into the Tower Automotive Building when renovations on the 96-year-old factory are completed in late 2016 or early 2017.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive set the opening date of its new building for January 31, 2016.

Retired lawyer Richard Newman has been hired to be the first executive director of Ralph Nader’s Tort Museum, which is on track open in September in Winsted, Connecticut.

Eleven Rivington, a gallery that opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2007, will change its name to 11R and open an expanded exhibition space on Chrystie Street in the fall.

Ellen Hanspach-Bernal has been named as the Detroit Institute of Arts’s new conservator of paintings.

Stephen Glueckert will retire from his position as the senior exhibitions curator at the Missoula Art Museum,. The institution has also hired Brandon Reintjes, a curator at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture.

Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Menil Collection for the past 12 years, will leave Houston to become the director of the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm has been appointed as new director of the DePaul Art Museum.

Architect Nader Tehrani will be the new dean of the Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture — a position that has been vacant since Anthony Vidler’s resignation in 2013.

Colleen Grennan, co-director of the gallery Cleopatra’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was hired by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles to be an associate director and artist liaison.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York hired Yasmil Raymond to be an associate curator in the department of painting and sculpture.

The Whitney Museum’s board of trustees elected Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as co-chairs, and made Richard M. DeMartini its new president.

Accolades

Inside the recently renovated Whitworth Art Gallery (photo by John Lord/Flickr)
Inside the recently renovated Whitworth Art Gallery (photo by John Lord/Flickr)

Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, which reopened in February after a two-year expansion and renovation, was named the Museum of the Year 2015 by the Art Fund.

Obituaries

Val Doonican (1927–2015), singer and accomplished watercolorist.

Harold Feinstein (1931–2015), photographer.

Donald Wexler (1926–2015), architect.

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