Art Movements

Installation view, ‘Within a Realm of Distance: Lawrence Weiner at Blenheim Palace’ (2015) (photo by Hugo Glendinning, courtesy Blenheim Art Foundation)

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

Lawrence Weiner installed a series of site-specific works at Blenheim Palace. Currently home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, the palace was built as a gift to John Churchill, the commander who led Allied forces at the Battle of Blenheim (1704).

Two lawsuits related to the Knoedler Gallery forgery case will go to trial in January. Judge Paul G. Gardephe ruled that there is “ample circumstantial evidence” that Knoedler’s former president Ann Freeman knew that the gallery was selling fakes.

A federal judge fined Russia $43.7 million for failing to return a collection of books and historic documents belonging to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn.

Black Walnut Holdings LLC, an investment group owned by Peter D. Barby, purchased The Village Voice from the Voice Media Group. Neither the purchase price nor the terms of the deal were disclosed, though Barby did say he wants to shore up the paper’s arts coverage.

Venetian Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is considering plans to deaccession artworks owned by the city — including pices by Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall — in a bid to pay off the municipality’s debts.

The cover of the first issue of Playboy (December 1953) (via Wikipedia)

Playboy magazine decided that it will no longer publish photographs of fully nude women. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free,” Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive told the New York Times. “And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

A UK judge ruled that a selection of artworks created by Graham Ovenden are indecent and should be destroyed. Ovenden was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault in 2013.

Director Marcie Begleiter launched a Kickstarter in order to distribute her documentary film Eva Hesse (2015).

Christopher Filardi, a researcher at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, defended his decision to kill a rare moustached kingfisher in order to study it as a specimen. Filardi’s action attracted the ire of internet users and the condemnation of PETA.

Pratt Institute alumnus Gunner Tierno was told to close his on-site business venture Turn Up Art, a store of secondhand art materials. Tierno claims that the school’s decision is related to its contract with national arts supply chain Blick Art Materials.

The V-A-C Foundation commissioned Renzo Piano to convert a historic Moscow power station into a contemporary art site.

A broken water pipe caused minor damage to the New York Times archive.

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, will publish Ai Weiwei‘s first memoir in spring 2017.

Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian are collaborating on a Miami-based exhibition dedicated to figurative painting and sculpture.


Robert Davidson, “Red Tailed Eagle Feathers mask” (1997), alder, acrylic paint, horse hair, opercula. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift from the Collection of George Gund III (photo by Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery) (click to enlarge)

The Vancouver Art Gallery acquired a major collection of First Nations artworks from late collector George Gund III.

Joleen Julis and her husband, Mitch Julis, donated $2 million to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the single largest gift ever made to the museum.

Sascha Bauer, the chairman of the SculptureCenter, purchased Larry Gagosian’s Upper East Side home for $18 million.

The National Gallery of Art has so far acquired just under 8,000 works from the dismantled Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Sweden’s Nationalmuseum acquired a watercolor study of a male lumpsucker attributed to the circle of Hendrick Goltzius.


No Longer Empty, The Art Gym, and The New Foundation Seattle became W.A.G.E. Certified.

Yukie Kamiya was appointed director of New York’s Japan Society.

Nao Bustamante was appointed associate professor and vice dean of art at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design.

Peter Nesbett was appointed executive director of the Washington Project for the Arts.

Outset ended its Frieze Art Fair Fund, which was launched to purchase works for the Tate’s collection.

Dr. Wolf Burchard was appointed furniture research curator at the National Trust.

New York gallery Foxy Production, current based in Chelsea, will relocate to Chinatown in early 2016.


Marlon James was awarded the Man Booker Prize.

Katia Krupennikova won the 2015 Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition.


Bernd & Hilla Becher, “Water Tower 1963-1988” (2005), 9 Black and white photographs, 68 1/4 x 56 1/4 inches (courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, NY. © Bernd and Hilla Becher) (click to enlarge)

Hilla Becher (1934–2015), photographer, wife of and collaborator with Bernd Becher.

John Berg (1932–2015), art director for Columbia Records.

Marc Dachy (1952–2015), art historian.

Dennis Eichhorn (1945–2015), writer and illustrator.

Dr. Paulette Fleming (1948–2015), professor of art and design at Fresno State.

Bruce Mozert (1916–2015), photographer.

Ruth Sackner (1936–2015), collector.

Andrew Sayers (1957–2015), former director of the National Museum of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

Hugh Scully (1943–2015), television presenter who hosted the Antiques Roadshow between 1981–2000.

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