Art Movements

Shepard Fairey’s rendition of Jonathan Bachman’s viral photograph (via

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

Newly discovered sketches suggest that Vincent van Gogh cut off his entire ear as opposed to just part of it. The drawings, which were made by the artist’s physician Dr. Felix Ray, were discovered by Bernadette Murphy in a Californian archive.

Shepard Fairey “stylized” Jonathan Bachman’s viral photograph of protester Ieshia Evans at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge.

The NYPD placed the Jack Shainman Gallery on “special alert” following threats made in response to its display of Dread Scott’s flag “A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday” (2015).

A cross-party group of British MPs (members of parliament) introduced a bill for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The Human Rights Foundation stripped Pyotr Pavlensky of the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent after the artist expressed support for the Primorye Partisans.

The German parliament passed the Cultural Property Protection Law. The controversial legislation, which seeks to tackle illegal antiquities trafficking, faced significant opposition from art dealers and collectors.

Frank Auerbach, “Head of Gerda Boehm” (1965), oil on board (courtesy Sotheby’s) (click to enlarge)

Sotheby’s will host a three-part sale of David Bowie‘s art collection in November. The collection includes works by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Harold Gilman, and Damien Hirst.

Over 30 books on Wassily Kandinsky from the Guggenheim Museum’s Library were digitized and made available on the Getty Museum’s website.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that it will install 12 mosaic portraits by Chuck Close at the new Second Avenue and 86th Street stop.

Deborah Thorpe, a research fellow at the University of York, concluded that the marginalia in a medieval manuscript held at the University of Pennsylvania includes doodles made by children. Thorpe’s findings were published in the Cogent Arts and Humanities journal.

The June 4th Museum, the Hong Kong institution dedicated to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, closed. According to the New York Times, the museum’s operators claimed to have suffered “continued legal harassment” from the corporation that owns the building.

Canadian art thief John Tillman was granted full parole after serving just over two years of a nine year prison sentence.

Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong claimed to have snuck into Fukushima. The photographer posted a number of images of abandoned stores and homes on his Facebook page. The city remans heavily radiated following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Brooke Shields assisted artist Will Kurtz in reconstructing one of his sculptures after part of it was accidentally thrown away by cleaners at the Art Southampton fair. The $8,000 sculpture, which is entitled “Keep America Great Again,” depicts a raccoon standing beside an overflowing trash can.


Installation view of Charles Meaner’s “Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love” (1810), oil on canvas, 242 x 206 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (photo © NGC) (click to enlarge)

The National Gallery of Canada acquired Charles Meynier’s “Wisdom Defending Youth from the Arrows of Love” (1810).

The Walker Art Center received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired eight paintings by Aboriginal artists — a promised gift from the collection of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi.

The Autry Museum of the American West acquired the estate of artist Harry Fonseca (1946–2006).

London’s National Portrait Gallery acquired the earliest known portrait of a British architect.

The University of Texas at Austin acquired Marc Quinn’s monumental sculpture, “Spiral of the Galaxy” (2013).

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired 39 prints produced at the Gemini G.E.L. workshop.

The Nationalmuseum acquired an Ovalia egg chair designed by Henrik Thor-Larsen.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art partnered with cognac producer Hennessy to establish a fund for the acquisition of works by artists not already represented in the museum’s permanent collection.

The George Eastman Museum purchased the only known box of Kodak Film manufactured for the Kodak camera (1888), as well as one of three known boxes of Kodak Transparent Film (introduced in 1889).

A box of Kodak Transparent Film (1889) and a box of Kodak Film (1888) (courtesy George Eastman Museum)


Theresa May appointed Karen Bradley as the UK’s culture secretary.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Justine Simons as his deputy mayor for culture and creative industries.

Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum, will join Sotheby’s fine art division as senior vice president.

Agustín Arteaga was appointed director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Niels Van Tomme was appointed director of the de Appel Arts Center.

Terry Nicholson was appointed interim director and CEO of Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fabergé firm (Russian), Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg, (20th century), silver, enamel, gold, mother-of-pearl, watercolor on ivory, velvet lining, 3 x 2.375 in, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt (courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) (click to enlarge)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s Fabergé collection will go back on display in newly renovated galleries on October 22.

The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum will launch the first ARoS Triennial in June 2017.

Luce Lebart was appointed the first director of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.

Jay Wegman will leave his post as artistic director of the Abrons Art Center to become the senior director of NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Stephen Barker was appointed dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.

Polydoros Karyofyllis (aka Poka-Yio) will succeed Xenia Kalpaktsoglou as director of the Athens Biennial.

Halona Norton-Westbrook was appointed director of collections at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Christopher Maxwell was appointed curator of European glass at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Helena Newman was named chairman of Sotheby’s Europe.

Marie Chouinard was appointed dance director for the Venice Biennale. Chouinard will serve a four-year term between 2017 and 2020.

Rhéanne Chartrand was named the McMaster Museum of Art’s inaugural Aboriginal curatorial resident.

New York Central Art Supply will permanently close by the end of the Summer. The business has operated in the same building since 1905.

London’s Seventeen gallery will open a space at 214 Bowery.

London’s Timothy Taylor gallery plans to open a New York space named Timothy Taylor 16 x 34.

David Zwirner gallery plans to open an outpost in Hong Kong next year.

Oliver Laric is now represented by Metro Pictures [via press release].

Siglio Press will move its operations from Los Angeles to the Hudson Valley in New York.


Christian Marclay, “Surround Sounds” (2014-15), four silent synchronized projected animations, each 13:40, looped, installation view at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 2015 (© Christian Marclay, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; photo by Steven Probert) (click to enlarge)

Christian Marclay was awarded SFMOMA’s 2016 Contemporary Vision Award.

Julius von Bismarck was awarded the city of Wolfburg’s 2017 Art Prize.

Sissel Marie Tonn was awarded the 2016 Theodora Niemeijer Prize [via press release].

David Saunders was awarded the inaugural Getty Rothschild Fellowship.

Socrates Sculpture Park announced the recipients of its 2016 Emerging Artist Fellowships.

The New York Foundation for the Arts announced the recipients and finalists of its 2016 Artists’ Fellowship Program.


The cover of William H. McNeill’s ‘The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community’ (1963) (click to enlarge)

Héctor Babenco (1946–2016), film director. Best known for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985).

Sally Beauman (1944–2016), novelist.

Frank Dickens (1931–2016), cartoonist and creator of “Bristow.”

Mollie Evans (1922–2016), antiques dealer.

Don Friedman (1935–2016), jazz pianist.

David Graebe (1937–2016), organ case designer.

Owen Holder (1921–2016), playwright and actor.

Bill Jones (1934–2016), photographer.

William H. McNeill (1917–2016), historian. Author of The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community (1963).

Peter Morley (1924–2016), television director.

Maralin Niska (1926–2016), soprano.

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