Art Movements

One of Stefan Glerum’s stained glass window designs for the Ymere housing project, Amsterdam Fabricated by Atelier Schmit (photo by Luuk Kramer, courtesy the artist)

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

The United Nations Human Rights Council called upon the Saudi Arabian government to stop the “unlawful” execution of Palestinian artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh.

A number of 2016 presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, Martin O’Malley, and Hilary Clinton, held fundraisers to coincide with Miami art fair week.

The Knoedler Gallery settled a lawsuit with collector John Howard over the sale of an allegedly fake Willem de Kooning painting. The terms of the agreement are confidential. Five of ten lawsuits against the gallery are still outstanding.

An Amsterdam District Court ruled that the contract between the De Appel contemporary art center and its former director Lorenzo Benedetti must be dissolved. Benedetti was fired following staff complaints regarding his competency. Curators Beatrix Ruf and Charles Esche were among those who defended Benedetti’s directorship.

Artist Stefan Glerum designed two 60-foot stained glass façades (above) for a new residential building project in Amsterdam.

The Art Miami art fair was flooded Thursday night due to torrential downpours. Videos and photos show water flowing in under the edge of the fair’s tent. “We got creamed, but luckily we didn’t have any catastrophic damage or lost work,” dealer Frank Bernarducci of Bernarducci Meisel Gallery told Hyperallergic. “The fair organizers had a crew in here overnight with fans and pumps. It was all cleaned up when I got here this morning at 9:30. If you didn’t know you’d be none the wiser.”

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Ingeborg Berggreen-Merkel, the head of the task force established to determine the provenance of Cornelius Gurlitt‘s hoarded art collection, defended the group’s slow progress. Only 5 of the 1,200 works in Gurlitt’s collection have had their provenances established in the last two years.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched an investigation following allegations of institutional racism by a member of its national council. Elsie Owusu claims that her application for the position of vice-president of practice and profession was overlooked in favor of a non-council member. Owusu told the Guardian that sexist banter was rife among RIBA’s governing council.

Carrie Mae Weems will debut a new performance piece at the Spoleto Festival in Charlestown, South Carolina, next June. Entitled “Grace and Democracy,” the work — a rumination on the Emanuel Nine and the extrajudicial murder of young black men — is intended as a gift for President Obama.

Collector Bert Kreuk, art dealer Isabella Bartolozzi, and artist Danh Vō, resolved their protracted legal dispute over an alleged site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. The three parties agreed to withdraw their claims, though the terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

“La Bella Principessa (the Beautiful Princess) (ca. 1495–96) (via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

Art forger Shaun Greenhalgh claimed that he created “La Bella Principessa,” a drawing controversially attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. In his new book, Greenhalgh claims that the work’s figure was actually based on a co-op supermarket employee named Sally, “a bossy little bugger and very self-important.”

Beijing authorities shut down an exhibition about combating domestic violence against women. The show’s organizer, artist Cui Guangxia, told the Guardian that the show was censored due to its scale and emphasis on gender equality.

Performance artist Wang Renzheng created a brick from the dust of Beijing’s notoriously heavy smog. The artist documented his project by asking passers-by to photograph him as he dragged an industrial-strength vacuum along the streets of Beijing.

Olafur Eliasson unveiled “Ice Watch,” an installation of icebergs sourced from Greenland, to coincide with the COP21 UN Climate summit in Paris.

Five frescoed stone slabs stolen from the ancient city of Paestum went on display in Rome. The slabs were recovered after being stolen by an international trafficker known as “The Captain.”

Philanthropist Grazyna Kulczyk is looking to establish a new museum named the Museum of Contemporary and Performance Arts in Warsaw.

An exhibition of Victor Burgin‘s UK76 photo-text series opened at the Richard Saltoun Gallery in London. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the series, in which the artist added dissociative descriptions to images of contemporary Britain.

Victor Burgin, “UK ’76” (1976), set of 11 archival inkjet/pigment prints, 100 x 150 cm (© the artist, courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery) (click to enlarge)

London’s Mayoral Gallery will stage a recreation of Joan Miró‘s Mallorcan studio early next year.

According to the Stranger, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s new nonprofit space, Pivot Art + Culture, will close in March. The Seattle-based institution opens to the public tomorrow.

A life-size chocolate sculpture of Vladimir Putin went on display at the Festival of Chocolate in St Petersburg.


Developer Eli Hemway purchased Bed-Stuy’s iconic Slave Theater for $18,500,000. Founded in 1984 by Judge John L. Phillips Jr., the theater operated as a centre for Black activism, arts, and performance through 1998. On Friday afternoon a man claiming to be the theater’s rightful owner staged a solo protest atop its marquee.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the “Crown of the Andes,” a repoussé and chased gold crown adorned with 443 emeralds from the 17th or 18th century.

The National Gallery of Canada announced the creation of the Canadian Photography Institute following a $10 million donation from Scotiabank.

Sam Mahrouq and his wife Rania donated $550,000 to the Arlington Museum of Art, the single largest gift in the museum’s history.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation donated $250,000 to the Yaddo artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs.


Simon Fujiwara, “Fabulous Beasts” (2015), shaved fur coat, dimensions variable (photo by Elad Sarig, © Simon Fujiwara, courtesy of Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv) (click to enlarge)

Manuel Segade was appointed director the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo.

Carmine Branagan resigned as director of the National Academy Museum and School.

Olivier Michelon was appointed chief curator of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Sean Anderson was appointed associate curator in the department of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Jeff Lambson stepped down from his position as the curator of contemporary art at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art to take up the role of senior educator for art and design at the Denver Art Museum.

Izabela Depczyk, the chief executive of ARTnews and president of the magazine’s board, resigned.

Simon Fujiwara is now represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery.

New York art dealers Joel Mesler and Zach Feuer closed their shared space on 30 Orchard Street to consolidate their programming at their 319 Grand Street location.

The first NGO dedicated to arts and culture opened in Jamaica. Space‘s inaugural show will consist of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The Almine Rech Gallery plans to open a space on the Upper East Side. White Cube is also reportedly looking to find a New York space.

Canada’s National Gallery will take over as the “organizing institution” for the annual Sobey Art Award.

Pace Gallery founded Pace Art & Technology, a new program dedicated to exploring “the confluence of art and technology.”


Dave Jordano, “Lynn, Heidelberg Street, Eastside, Detroit” (2010), photograph (courtesy the artist) (click to enlarge)

The Art Writers Grant Program announced the recipients of its 2015 grants.

Dave Jordano won the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. This year’s shortlist included Annette Kelm, Owen Kydd, and Hito Steyerl.

Carl Andre was made a commandeur of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Paula Cooper was promoted to the status of officier.

The 2016 AIA Gold Medal was awarded to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi.

Seamus Harahan was awarded the 2015 Film London Jarman Award.

Maria Taniguchi was awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art award for Emerging Asian Artists 2015.

Architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman were named the winners of the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award.

Trong Gia Nguyen was awarded the 2015 Miami Beach PULSE Prize.


Eldzier Cortor, “Dance Composition No. 34” (1980s), gift of Eldzier Cortor in memory of Sophia Cortor (courtesy Art Institute of Chicago) (click to enlarge)

Deborah Boardman (1958–2015), artist.

Luc Bondy (1948–2015), stage director.

Michael Burrows (1929–2015), film historian.

Eldzier Cortor (1916–2015), painter and printmaker.

Joan Duddy (1937–2015), curator and former director of Joyce SoHo.

Norman Engleback (1927–2015), architect.

Guus Kemp (1960–2015), artist.

Roman Mazurenko (1983–2015), founder of Stampsy and former editor-in-chief of the magazine LAM (Look At Me).

Shigeru Mizuki (1922–2015), manga artist.

Eldar Ryazanov (1927–2015), renowned Soviet-era filmmaker.

Leslie Waddington (1934–2015), art dealer. Founder of Waddington Custot Galleries.

(With additional reporting by Benjamin Sutton.)

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