Art Movements

Iggy Pop Life Class; pictured in the background from left to right: Jeremy Day, Patricia Hill, Jeannette Farrow, and Danielle Rubin (photo by Elena Olivo, Courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

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

The international criminal court‘s first war crimes trial for the destruction of cultural monuments opened in The Hague this week. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, an alleged member of the Islamist militant group Ansar Eddine, is accused of destroying ancient mausoleums and a 15th-century mosque in Timbuktu.

A group of scientists at Queen Mary University in London claimed to have identified Banksy with the use of geographic profiling.

Over 20 nude drawings of Iggy Pop will be exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum later this year. The musician served as a life model at the New York Academy of Art last month as part of a new project by Jeremy Deller.

Syrian and Iraqi refugees are now able to participate in native-language tours of select Berlin museums as part of the Multaqa project (Arabic for “meeting point”). Last October, 19 refugees were recruited and trained as museum tour guides — an initiative funded by the German culture ministry. According to the Guardian, around 20 to 50 refugees participate in the free weekly tours.

Pyotr Pavlensky demanded to be tried on terrorism charges for setting fire to the entrance of the FSB’s Moscow headquarters as part of a performance last November. Judge Natalya Larina extended the dissident artist’s detention through April 5.

Masahisa Fukase, “Erimo Cape” (1976) (© Masahisa Fukase Archives, courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery) (click to enlarge)

Vintage prints from Masahisa Fukase‘s Solitude of Ravens (1976–82) series went on display for the first time in the UK. The Japanese photographer began the project in the wake of his divorce from Yōko Wanibe. Fukase’s print publication of the series, Karasu (“Ravens”), was voted the best photobook published between 1986 and 2009 by the British Journal of Photography, sparking a resurgence of interest in the photographer’s work.

Gerhard Richter criticized a proposal to close the Morsbroich Museum in Leverkusen near Cologne. A report published by the accountancy firm KPMG suggests closing the institution as part of a municipal cost-cutting measure.

The US conservation groups Save Venice and Friends of Florence will collaborate on a number of major restoration projects to mark the 50th anniversary of the Venice and Florence floods.

Six people have claimed ownership of a 1903 William Merritt Chase painting that is on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art. The museum is seeking a federal court order to prevent the six individuals from taking any action against it regarding the possession or ownership of the painting.


Jackson Pollock, “Untitled” (1956) (2016 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Dallas Museum of Art, Tony Smith Estate, Matthew Marks Gallery) (click to enlarge)

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired an untitled sculpture by Jackson Pollock, one of only six Pollock sculptures in existence.

The Philadelphia Art Museum became the first US museum to offer both free lifetime membership to artists with work in the museum’s collection, as well as discounted memberships to any working artists.

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art received $850,000 from the estate of former board member Calvin Vander Woude.

The Bob Dylan archive was acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa.


Wim Pijbes will step down as the director of the Rijksmuseum as of August 1.

James S. Snyder was appointed the first international president of the Israel Museum.

Barbara Steiner was appointed director of the Kunsthaus Graz.

James Murdoch and Jane Skinner Goodell, were appointed to the board of the Dia Art Foundation.

Pamela D. Bundy, the president and CEO of the Bundy Development Corporation, was elected to the Barnes Foundation’s board of trustees.

Michael Gross was appointed executive vice president and CFO of Sotheby’s.

Bonhams fired eight of its employees in Hong Kong, including the deputy chairman of its Asia division, Magnus Renfrew.

Eve Straussman-Pflanzer was appointed head of the European art department and curator of European paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Kathy Halbreich was appointed the first Laurenz Foundation curator at the Museum of Modern Art.

Installation shot of Phyllida Barlow’s ‘Tate Britain Commission 2014’ (via Flickr/Stu Smith) (click to enlarge)

Phyllida Barlow will represent Britain at the 57th Venice Biennale.

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers announced one new appointment and two promotions. Amanda Potter was appointed curator of education and interpretation. Christine Giviskos was promoted to curator of prints, drawings, and European art. Julia Tulovsky was appointed curator of Russian and Soviet nonconformist art.

Ennead Architects was selected to design the renovation and expansion of the Metropolitan Opera’s lobby, which includes two large murals by Marc Chagall.

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which is currently under construction at the University of California, Davis, is scheduled to open to the public on November 13.

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum launched a $25 million expansion project and selected architect Kulapat Yantrasast to design a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition pavilion.


Kiki Smith, “Rapture” (2001), bronze, 67 1/4 x 62 x 26 1/4 (via Wikipedia)

The International Sculpture Center presented Kiki Smith and Bernar Venet with the 25th Annual Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

Pictures of the Year International named Carolyn Van Houten its Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

Thelma Golden will receive CCS Bard’s 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence next month.


Applications for the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Artist Microgrants are open through April 1. Applicants must be Texas residents over the age of 18.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation launched the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards. The program seeks to provide some $1.5 million to Indigenous Canadian artists working in dance, music, theater, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft. The deadline for applications is June 1.


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Lennie Baker (1946–2016), singer and saxophonist. Member of Sha Na Na.

John Chilton (1932–2016), jazz musician.

Vlasta Dalibor (1921–2016), puppeteer. Co-creator of Pinky and Perky.

Tony Dyson (unconfirmed–2016), owner of the White Horse Toy Company. Constructed the R2-D2 models for the original Star Wars trilogy.

José Antonio Lasheras (1956–2016), curator and archaeologist. Director of the the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira.

Oumar Ly (1943–2016), photographer.

Nabil Maleh (1936–2016), film director, painter, and poet. Popularly referred to as “the father of Syrian cinema.”

Peter Marlow (1952–2016), photographer.

Claude Parent (1923–2016), architect.

Louise Rennison (1951–2016), author.

William H. Schaap (1940–2016), radical lawyer, author, and publisher.

Leslie Thornton (1925–2016), sculptor.

Craig Windham (1949–2016), NPR reporter.

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