Art Movements

Anne Hardy, “Reflection” (2016), archival inkjet print on Canson Baryta Photographique 310 gsm paper, 30 x 23.6 inches, produced by Grieger, Düsseldorf, edition of 100. One of the official limited edition prints for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (courtesy Counter Editions)

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

Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan was arrested as part of President Tayyip Erdogan’s ongoing purge following last month’s failed coup d’état. Doğan, the editor of the feminist news agency Jinha, was charged with being a “member of an illegal organization.”

Over 200 arts professionals and scientists signed an open letter calling on BP to end its new, five-year sponsorship deals with the British Museum, London’s National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal Opera House. In related news, an information tribunal ordered Tate Britain to disclose how much sponsorship money it received from BP between 2007–2011. The oil giant ended its 26-year sponsorship of the Tate last March.

The arts program for the 2016 Rio Olympics lost funding for a planned public installation by artist Giancarlo Neri. Titled “Bar Paris,” Neri’s work was to consist of 1,415 chairs with lights attached to them. Earlier this year, the Brazilian government attempted to close its ministry of culture in response to the country’s ongoing economic crisis.

Counter Editions released a set of limited edition prints celebrating Team GB’s participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic games. The series includes prints by Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, Howard Hodgkin, and Anne Hardy.

Albrecht Dürer, “Mary, crowned by an Angel (1520), copperplate, 13.3 x 10.3 cm (courtesy Staatsgalerie Stuttgart) (click to enlarge)

A long lost copper engraving by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) was returned to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart after it resurfaced at a flea market in the French town of Sarrebourg.

An investigation of the Neue Galerie‘s collection revealed an artwork with a “clouded” provenance according to the New York Times. Agnes Peresztegi, the president of the Commission for Art Recovery, told the Times that “the Neue Galerie is in the process of evaluating the provenance information of an artwork, and discussion about restitution is currently ongoing.”

Scratch marks were discovered on two Renaissance paintings at the National Gallery in London. The marks, which were thought to have been caused by fingernails or rings, led to renewed criticism of the museum’s decision to hand over its security to Securitas, a private security firm.

A team of Australian scientists used X-ray mapping techniques to reveal an underpainting of a face beneath Edgar Degas‘s “Portrait of a Woman” (c.1876–1880).

Harry Brant, the son of art collector Peter Brant and model Stephanie Seymour, was arrested for possession of narcotics after fleeing a taxi without paying.

Deana Haggag, the executive director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, rallied against the Pokémon Go players who have descended on her home. Haggag’s rowhouse has been designated a Pokémon gym in the augmented reality app, resulting in a steady stream of visitors on her property. According to Art F City, a male player drove into Haggag’s parked car while playing the game.


Alex Israel, “Self Portrait (Selfie and Studio Floor)” (2014), acrylic and bondo on fiberglass, 96 x 84 x 4 inches, The Broad Art Foundation (© Alex Israel)

The Broad announced that it acquired 29 artworks over the past year. Recent acquisitions include works by Tauba Auerbach, John Baldessari, Alex Israel, and Cindy Sherman.

Walter and Sarah Knestrick donated 238 works by Red Grooms to the Tennessee State Museum.

Werner Feibes donated a gift of artwork and cash valued at $11 million to the Hyde Collection. A new 1,500-square-foot exhibition space will be named after Feibes and his late partner James Schmitt.

An appeal launched by the Art Fund successfully raised the £10.3 million required for the public purchase of the “Armada Portrait” of Elizabeth I (c.1590).

Barbara Levy Kipper donated a Nepalese ritual crown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Jeff Wall, “Changing Room” (2014), inkjet print, 78 9/16 × 42 15/16 inches (© Jeff Wall, courtesy Gagosian Gallery) (click to enlarge)

ArtTable appointed six new members to its board of trustees: Jennifer Francis, Juanita Hardy, Rustin Levenson, Sheila McDaniel, Lucy O’Brien, and Whitney Rutter.

Creative Time appointed seven new members to its board of directors: Waris Ahluwalia, Ivana Berendika, Heather Farrer, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Trevor Paglen, Maura Pally, and Andrei Tretyakov.

The USC Roski School of Art and Design hired artists Suzanne Lacy, Edgar Arceneaux, Keith Mayerson, Kori Newkirk, and Patty Chang as faculty members.

Richard Aste was appointed director of the McNay Art Museum.

The New York Public Library appointed Kevin Young as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Jens Hoffmann stepped down as deputy director of New York’s Jewish Museum.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) appointed Jamillah James as its new curator.

Anna Mecugni was appointed curator and coordinator of academic programming at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University.

Ngahiraka Mason was appointed curator of the 2017 Honolulu Biennial.

Bob Linder was appointed curator of the 500 Capp Street Foundation.

Three top executives at Christie’s — Paul R. Provost, Nicholas Hall, and Cathy Elkies — left their posts.

Sree Sreenivasan was appointed chief digital officer for the City of New York.

The sixth edition of the Turkish Biennial, Sinopale, was postponed following last month’s failed coup d’état.

The National Museum of Oman was opened to the public.

Jeff Wall is now represented by Gagosian gallery.


Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Lucy Kim, and Véréna Paravel were awarded the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize.


The AC Institute is accepting submissions for a “Gun Memorial Design.” Selected designs will appear on an online archive and in a published book. The deadline for submissions is December 2016.


Gregory Sholette, “Chairman Frank Hodsoll: Plastic Model Kit* (*Requires some assembly & painting: chair not included” (2005), mixed media (courtesy the artist) (click to enlarge)

Tom Clegg (1934–2016), television director. Best known for The Sweeney (1975–82) and Sharpe (1993–1998)

Mahasweta Devi (1926–2016), writer and activist.

Elena Doria (1926–2016), former director of the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus.

Robert Dunbar (1940–2016), critic, editor, and champion of children’s literature.

Péter Esterházy (1950–2016), novelist.

James Houghton (1958–2016), actor and founder of the Signature Theater Company.

Frank Hodsoll (1938–2016), former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (1981–1989).

Marta Marzotto (1931–2016), fashion and jewelry designer.

Jim Northrup (1943–2016), author and poet.

Seymour Papert (1928–2016), computer scientist. Pioneered the use of computers for educational purposes.

John Partridge (1924–2016), architect.

Gary Paxton (1939–2016), singer, composer, and record producer. Best known for “Alley Oop” (1957) and the “Monster Mash” (1962).

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016), composer.

Elizabeth Spillius (1924–2016), psychoanalyst. Leading scholar on the work of Melanie Klein.

Fred Tomlinson (1927–2016), founder and leader of the Fred Tomlinson Singers. Provided vocals for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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