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Artists Gilbert & George will open a contemporary art center in east London. (photo by Bryan Ledgard/Flickr)
Artists Gilbert & George will open a contemporary art center in east London. (photo by Bryan Ledgard/Flickr)

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

Gilbert & George will convert a home in their longtime east London neighborhood of Spitalfields into a nonprofit contemporary art gallery.

The block of West 103rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue has been renamed Norman Rockwell Place — it is where the artist’s family lived when he was born, and where he lived until he was in his 20s.

Archaeologists at Beijing’s Palace Museum found what they believe to be the remains of Kublai Khan’s Yuan dynasty imperial palace.

Art collector Ronald S. Lauder and actress Helen Mirren participated in a Senate hearing to voice their support of a bill that would make it easier for Holocaust victims and their heirs to pursue the restitution of art looted by the Nazis.

Russian artist Petr Pavlensky was released, but forced to pay fines and fees totaling nearly 1 million rubbles (~$15,500) for a performance in which he set fire to the door of the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow.

The former director of Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Mikhail Mindlin, was questioned by the FSB in relation to the same corruption investigation that recently landed the country’s deputy culture minister in jail.

The Bronx Museum postponed a planned exhibition of works from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana after Cuban officials voiced fears that the work would be seized once it arrived on US soil to satisfy the claims of US citizens whose property in Cuba was confiscated following Fidel Castro’s rise to power in 1959.

A prototype for a floating school designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi collapsed in Lagos.

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow will launch a triennial devoted to Russian art in 2017.

Transactions

Head of a veiled woman, (CE 175), Roman, marble, 13 inches (courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum)
Head of a veiled woman, (CE 175), Roman, marble, 13 inches (courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum) (click to enlarge)

The J. Paul Getty Museum added two antiquities to its collection: a Roman marble head and a Geometric Greek vase.

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) wagered loans of works from their permanent collections on the outcome of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins are facing the San Jose Sharks. If the Penguins win, the Carnegie will receive the Larry Sultan photo “Mom Posing by Green Wall and Dad Watching T.V.” (1984); if the Sharks win, the SJMA will receiveMel Bochner’s “Measurement: Plant (Palm)” (1969).

Old Dominion University received a $35 million donation from Richard and Carolyn Barry to build a new art museum.

Hamilton College received $6 million to go toward arts programing from a fund established by late alumnus Daniel W. Dietrich II.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit received a $100,000 matching grant in support of programming at Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead” (2013).

The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston acquired Steve McQueen’s video installation “Ashes” (2002–15).

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum acquired Jules Bastien-Lepage’s painting “The Grape Harvest” (1880).

Jules Bastien-Lepage, "The Grape Harvest" (1880), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij. (courtesy the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
Jules Bastien-Lepage, “The Grape Harvest” (1880), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij. (courtesy the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)

Transitions

Yung Ma was appointed curator in the Centre Pompidou’s contemporary and prospective creation department through a partnership with the K11 Art Foundation.

Gregor Muir was appointed the director of Tate’s international collection.

Scott Stulen was named the new director of the Philbrook.

Martos Gallery will leave its longtime space in Chelsea for a new space in Chinatown. It has also hired Ebony L. Haynes to be its new director.

Dominique Lévy gallery will expand its New York space, taking over the entire building at 909 Madison Avenue as of January 2017.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo selected architecture firm OMA to revamp its campus.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York (photo by Dave Pape, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York (photo by Dave Pape, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bushwick gallery Sugarlift will relocated to the “NoMad” (North of Madison Square Park) area of Manhattan.

Photographer William Eggleston is now exclusively represented by David Zwirner.

Christina DiDonna, Alexander Gilkes, Brooke Shields, and Naomi Watts were appointed to the board of trustees of the New York Academy of Art.

Art collector and entrepreneur Dani Levinas was elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection. Four new members also joined the museum’s board: Nancy Clarvit, Barbara Hall, John Lauer, and Michael Shapiro.

Gina Benesh was appointed the director of development at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Anna Furney was made a partner in the gallery Venus (formerly Venus Over Manhattan).

Accolades

Ghulam Mohammad, "Gunjaan" (2014), private collection (photo by Majyd Bayg, courtesy the Victoria & Albert Museum) (click to enlarge)
Ghulam Mohammad, “Gunjaan” (2014), private collection (photo by Majyd Bayg, courtesy the Victoria & Albert Museum) (click to enlarge)

Ghulam Mohammad won the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize 4.

Trevor Paglen won the 2016 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.

Steven Guttman, the chair of the Centre Pompidou’s US fundraising and philanthropy branch, was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.

Obituaries

Sosok Teddy Darmawan (1970–2016), artist.

David Gilkey (1966–2016), photojournalist. Gilkey and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed in southern Afghanistan while on assignment for NPR.

John Margolies (1940–2016), photographer of vernacular architecture.

Peter Shaffer (1926–2016), playwright. Best known for his plays Amadeus and Equus.

Tunga (1952–2016), artist.

Frank Wagner (1958–2016), curator.

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