Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
The Musée d’Orsay couldn’t open on the first day of its Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850–1910 exhibition due to a strike by the museum’s labor union. Museum staff are protesting plans to keep the museum open for seven days a week.
Architect Zaha Hadid walked out of a live interview with BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague. Hadid, who was invited onto the show after being awarded the 2016 Riba Royal Gold Medal, objected to a question regarding the alleged number of migrant workers who have died constructing the Al-Wakrah stadium in Qatar. The exact number of construction workers who have died building the 2022 World Cup stadium is unknown, though the Washington Post has claimed that 1,200 migrant workers have died working on various construction projects in Qatar since 2010. “It is absolutely untrue,” Hadid told Montague. “There are no deaths on our site whatsoever. I sued someone in the press for it. You should check your facts.”
Anish Kapoor covered the anti-semitic graffiti scrawled on his monumental sculpture “Dirty Corner” (2011–15) with gold leaf following a tribunal’s ruling that the graffiti must be erased. Kapoor previously stated that he would leave the graffiti in place in order “to bear witness to hatred.” In a press statement, Kapoor stressed that the tribunal’s ruling applied to Catherine Pegard, President of the Chateau de Versailles, and not to him. “I was NOT sited in this litigation. Furthermore this judgement has no effect on me or my ability to modify the sculpture as I see fit, as the author of the work.” Kapoor described his gilding of the graffiti as his “royal response” to the vandalism.
The Czech artist collective Ztohoven replaced the flag above Prague Castle with a giant pair of red underpants. A poem on the group’s website indicates that the action was a protest against the country’s president Miloš Zeman.
German art historian Hartwig Fischer is widely expected to succeed Neil MacGregor as the director of the British Museum, though the appointment has yet to be officially confirmed.
A sculpture by Anthony Gormley toppled into the sea following a storm. Installed at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, the life-size figure is part of a larger commission entitled “Land.”
The founders of the Heart of Art gallery — which hosts works by women and LGBTQ artists — are looking to relocate the space following a campaign of harassment and vandalism against the gallery and its visitors.
Tate director Nicholas Serota stated that he is “absolutely confident” that the museum can raise the £30 million (~$45.7 million) required to complete the Tate Modern’s extension. The museum’s new 10-story building is due to open next year.
The Getty Conservation Institute will collaborate with Peru’s Ministry of Culture to develop and implement seismic retrofitting techniques for historic, earthen structures.
A Kickstarter was launched to fund the inaugural issue of ART HANDLER, an online and print publication “that deals with the social and cultural impacts of behind-the-scenes labor in the art world.”
The Boston Public Library closed its rare books department following an outbreak of mold.
Three works by Andrew Wyeth that were previously owned by Charlton Heston, and a Francis Bacon painting once owned by Michelangelo Antonioni, will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s in November.
Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev returned two Picasso paintings to Catherine Hutin-Blay, the artist’s stepdaughter. Hutin-Blay claims that the paintings were stolen from her. Rybolovlev purchased the works — both of which are portraits of Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque — from Yves Bouvier, with whom the billionaire is currently embroiled in an legal dispute regarding the alleged overcharging of art purchases. The New York Times opined that Rybolovlev returned the paintings as a means of drawing more attention to his dispute with Bouvier.
Visit Somerset estimated that Banksy’s Dismaland generated around £20 million (~$30.4 million) in extra revenue for Weston-super-Mare.
A US federal judge ruled that the song “Happy Birthday To You” belongs in the public domain. The ruling only applies to the United States.
The Neue Galerie in New York City will soon begin selling Berlin Nights, a “limited-edition” lipstick designed by museum president and co-founder Ronald Lauder’s daughter, Aerin Lauder, to coincide with the upcoming exhibition Berlin Metropolis: 1918–1933.
The Moderna Museet acquired Olafur Eliasson’s “Model Room” (2003), a collection of geometric models that the artist designed in collaboration with mathematician and architect Einar Thorsteinn.
A painting described as “Oil on Board, Triple Portrait with Lady Fainting,” sold at Nye and Company Auctions for $870,000. There is speculation that the painting, which was estimated at $500–800, could be an early work by Rembrandt.
Bud Adams, the late founder of the American Football League, bequeathed his entire collection of artworks and Native American artifacts to the Eiteljorg Museum.
The National Gallery Singapore received a $20 million donation from the family of Far East Organization founder Ng Teng Fong.
Chau Chak Wing donated $15 million toward the construction of the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum. The residual costs of the museum will be met by the University’s operating budget.
Artists Space will be closed through mid January while construction work continues on its building. The owners of 38 Greene Street are constructing new penthouses. “Generations of artists that made this city what it is, or should I say once was,” Artists Space executive director and curator Stefan Kalmár told Artforum. “It is telling that nothing seems to have changed over the forty-three years since our founding, and so the wracking of entire neighborhoods and communities continues.”
Michael Warr was appointed deputy director of the Museum of the African Diaspora.
Diana Pan was hired to be the Museum of Modern Art’s chief technology officer.
Gloria Groom was named curator and chair of European painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Anne Manning was appointed director of education and interpretive programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Sienna Brown was appointed curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook Museum.
Kara Walker was appointed Tepper chair in visual arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Bradley M. Bailey was appointed associate curator of Asian art at the Ackland Art Museum.
Dean Otto was appointed curator of film at the Speed Art Museum.
Adam Sheffer was appointed president of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).
Jennifer Russell, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s associate director for exhibitions, will retire at the end of December.
Photographer Candida Höfer was awarded the Cologne Fine Art Prize.
Jim Nutt received the Artist’s Legacy Foundation’s 2015 Artist Award.
Beatrix Ruf will receive the 2015 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award on November 18.
Carmen Balcells (1930–2015), literary agent.
Leonid Nikolayev (1984–2015), member of Voina.
Phil Patton (1952–2015), writer specializing in design and technology.
Carol Rama (1918–2015), artist.
Brian Sewell (1931–2015), art critic and television personality.
Charles Tapley (1931–2015), architect.
Robin Wade (1929–2015), museum designer.
C.K. Williams (1936–2015), Pulitzer prize-winning poet.
Marcin Wrona (1973–2015), filmmaker.
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