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Anish Kapoor’s “Dirty Corner” (2011-2015) has been vandalized three times this Summer (via Instagram/@dirty_corner)

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

According to Le Figaro, Anish Kapoor met with French president François Hollande following the second vandalization of “Dirty Corner” (2011–15), the artist’s monumental sculpture currently on display in the gardens of the Versailles Palace. The French culture ministry approved of Kapoor’s request to leave the anti-semitic graffiti in place in order “to bear witness to hatred.” Objecting to Kapoor’s decision, Versailles municipal councillor Fabien Bouglé filed suit against the artist and the president of Versailles palace, Catherine Pégard. “I’ll see him in court,” Kapoor told the Guardian. “It shows how insane the whole thing is.” The work has been defaced a total of three times, the latest tag reading “respect art.”

Seva Novgorodsev, the BBC’s former DJ for the Soviet Union, hosted his last radio show last week. Described as “the man who caused the demise of the Soviet Union,” Novgorodsev played western pop and rock for Russian listeners who tuned in to his broadcasts on frequencies reversed for KGB officials.

The Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center opened in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Reddit user FR_STARMER discovered a logo from 1975 that closely resembles the Airbnb logo. The logo, which was designed for a Japanese drive-in Azuma, was included in a 1988 edition of Yasaburo Kuwayama’s Trademarks & Symbols of the World: The Alphabet in Design.

The Hamabul art collective, a group of Israeli artists and activists, opened an unofficial “Iranian Embassy in Jersusalem” celebrating Iranian culture.

(Courtesy THE THING Quarterly) (click to enlarge)

The latest issue of THE THING Quarterly consists of a gingham soccer ball designed by artist Michelle Grabner. The work is described as a “physical rebuttal” to Ken Johnson’s “soccer mom” comment in his review of the artist’s 2014 exhibition at the James Cohan Gallery.

Cantate Domino, the first album to have been recorded inside the Sistine Chapel, is scheduled for release on September 25.

The head from a monumental sculpture of Lenin was unearthed in a woodland outside of Berlin.

The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Palace of Versailles will be open seven days a week during the Fall.

Steve Martin is co-curating an exhibition of work by Canadian painter Lawren Harris at the Hammer Museum. The exhibition, entitled The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, opens on October 11.

Sotheby’s and Artsy teamed up to organize an online contemporary art auction next month. The sale will include work by artists who utilize or focus on technology in their work.

Architect Rafael Viñoly unveiled plans to build “the world’s largest green roof” in Cupertino, California.

Artist duo Allora and Calzadilla installed a work by Dan Flavin inside a cave off Puerto Rico’s southwest coast.

Princess, a new project space established by Bodega gallery, can only be accessed “through a window” somewhere in New York City. Although photographs of the courtyard space are available online, the exact location of Princess has yet to be revealed.

Installation view of Joel Dean’s “Empty Stomach Challenge,” at Princess (courtesy Princess/Bodega)

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Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) received a $1 million grant from the Brant Foundation. A portion of the grant will support the college’s appointment of art historian Alex Kitnick.

The German government offered Egypt a grant of €50,000 (~$56,070) towards the restoration of Tutankhamun’s iconic golden mask. The Egyptian Museum’s botched super glue repair of the mask’s beard was widely derided when it was reported last January.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will deaccession 200 works of English furniture and decorative art. A sale of the works will take place at Christie’s on October 27.

The Hyde Collection received its largest gift in 30 years, a donation of 55 works from the collection of Werner Feibes and the late James Schmitt.

Phyllis Kempner and David Stein donated 19 contemporary works to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 10 of which are part of their collection of Japanese ceramics.

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(courtesy LMAKprojects)

Charles Desmarais, the current president of the San Francisco Art Institute, will become the art critic for The Chronicle from November 1.

Andrew Bolton will succeed Harold Koda as the curator of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Stephen C. Pinson was appointed a curator of photography, and Barbara Drake Boehm was appointed senior curator of the Met Cloisters.

LMAKprojects is relocating to 298 Grand Street, two blocks away from its previous location.

Four DUMBO-based galleries – Klompching Gallery, Masters Projects, Minus Space, and United Photo Industries – will reopen in the newly renovated Stable building on Saturday, September 12.

Christie’s appointed Sonya Roth as managing director, southern California.

Revolution Books will reopen in Harlem on October 3.

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) will open its first permanent location in Williamsburg on October 28.

Accolades

David Adjaye won MIT’s Eugene McDermott Award.

Obituaries

(via moma.org)

Brad Anderson (1924–2015), cartoonist. Creator of Marmaduke (1954–2015)

Robyn Beeche (1945–2015), photographer.

John Russell Brown (1923–2015), Shakespeare scholar and theatre director.

Irving Harper (1916–2015), furniture designer.

David Michie (1928-2015), artist.

Takuma Nakahira (1938–2015), artist and co-founder of Purovōku (Provoke) magazine.

John Perreault (1937–2015), art critic.

Candida Royalle (1950–2015), pornographic actress, filmmaker, and founder of Feminists for Free Expression.

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