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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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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