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Photograph by M. Linoenewald, April 15, 1912 (courtesy Henry Aldridge & Son) (click to enlarge)

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

A photograph of the iceberg believed to have sunk the Titanic will be auctioned at Henry Aldridge & Son on Saturday. The image was taken the morning after the Titanic sank by M. Linoenewald, the chief steward of the German ocean liner Prinz Adalbert. The lot is estimated to fetch around £10,000–£15,000.

The UN formally approved Italy’s proposal to deploy Blue Helmet troops to protect heritage sites threatened by Islamist extremists.

The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, Holland, will display 20 of the 25 surviving panels by Hieronymus Bosch for an exhibition celebrating the artist’s 500th birthday.

Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (aka El Sexto) was released from prison. The artist was jailed for 10 months after spray-painting the names Fidel and Raúl on two pigs.

The “Spiritello” (photo by Maggie Nimkin Photography) (click to enlarge)

A wooden sculpture of a cherub, which its owner has attributed to Donatello, will go on display at Moretti Fine Art in London on October 30. Art dealer Andrew Butterfield purchased the gilded sculpture in 2012. Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi Gallery, described Butterfield’s case as “extremely solid.”

Gilbert and George collaborated with a transgender nurse named Victoria as part of the Serpentine Gallery’s 10th annual Marathon session. Victoria is the only other person to have been conferred the status of “living sculpture” by the duo.

A number of critics and historians called into question the ongoing restoration of Chartres Cathedral.

The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art will cease operations by the end of the month. Businessman and author Robert Edsel created the foundation to chronicle and promote the history of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program.

Anish Kapoor‘s “ArcelorMittal Orbit” made a loss of £520,000 (~$796,000) in 2014.

Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi was sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes for “insulting sanctities.” Karimi’s work includes Writing on the City, a film exploring the role of graffiti in Iran from the 1979 Revolution to the present.

The UK’s culture minister, Ed Vaizey, placed a temporary export bar on Rembrandt‘s “Portrait of Caterina” (ca. 1657).

The mysterious eye in a speech bubble emoji that perplexed Apple users last month is part of an anti-bullying campaign dubbed “I Am A Witness.”

Germany granted Ai Weiwei a three-year visa. The artist is due to begin a professorship at Berlin’s University of the Arts.

A hiker discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in Norway.

The Pace Gallery released a set of posthumous Jean-Michel Basquiat prints priced at $50,000 a piece. The prints, which were authorized by the artist’s estate, have raised a number of questions.

Thanks to Drake‘s James Turrell-inspired music video, this will now happen at every exhibition of light art for the foreseeable future.

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art acquired a rare cubist collage by Pablo Picasso.

Patricia and Mark Joseph donated $3 million toward the Baltimore Museum of Art‘s Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center, which will open this weekend.


The lobby of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (via Eva Blue/Flickr/)

Bartholomew Ryan quit his position as curator of the Andy Warhol Museum.

Rachel Reese was appointed associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Telfair Museums.

Benjamin Colman was appointed associate curator of American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Joe Sheftel will close his Lower East Side gallery in order to join the Hammer Museum as director of donor relations.

Sarah Sudhoff resigned her post as executive director of the Houston Center for Photography.

Musician Kasseem Dean (aka Swizz Beatz) and philanthropist Barbara Vogelstein were appointed to the Brooklyn Museum‘s board of trustees.


Haroon Mirza was awarded the Calder Prize.

Sarah Wilson was awarded the AICA Honorary Award for Distinguished Contribution to Art Criticism.

The Guggenheim announced the short list for the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize.


The cover of Vera B. Williams’s ‘”More More More” Said the Baby’ (1990)

Gamal al-Ghitani (1945–2015), novelist.

Lennart Anderson (1928–2015), painter.

Rosalyn Baxandall (1939–2015), feminist historian and activist.

Dora Holzhandler (1928–2015), painter.

Sara Little (1917–2015), industrial designer.

Vera B. Williams (1927–2015), writer and illustrator.

Meredith Wilson (1957–2015), art historian.

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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...

One reply on “Art Movements”

  1. Correction: Per the NYT article, the supposed Donatello will be on view at Moretti Fine Art in New York, not London.

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