Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Germany’s culture minister, Monika Grütters, announced plans to reform the Limbach Commission, the restitution panel founded to mediate disputes related to Nazi-looted art. The Commission has been repeatedly criticized for a perceived lack of transparency and for its failure to appoint a Jewish member.
Mark Wallinger installed a mirror on the ceiling of Sigmund Freud’s study as part of his current exhibition at the Freud Museum London.
Distributors censored the latest issue of Vault by adding yellow stickers over an image of Lisa Yuskavage’s painting “Brood” (2005–2006). The stickers were used to the obscure the nipples of the painting’s pregnant female figure.
Israel’s supreme court ruled that Franz Kafka‘s manuscripts belong to the National Library of Israel. Kafka instructed his friend Max Brod to burn his manuscripts after his death, a request Brod failed to carry out. Before his death in 1968, Brod instructed that the author’s papers should be given to the “Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the municipal library in Tel Aviv or another organization in Israel or abroad.”
Abigail and Thomas Rockwell — the granddaughter and middle son of artist Norman Rockwell — launched a petition advocating for the removal of Deborah Solomon’s book, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, from the Norman Rockwell Museum. In her biography of the artist, Solomon speculates that Rockwell may have been gay and that his interest in painting preadolescents “was shadowed by pedophilic impulses.”
The Greek government approved construction plans for the first mosque in Athens for over 150 years.
A fire damaged the roof of 190 Bowery. Developer and art collector Aby Rosen purchased the 72-room mansion from photographer Jay Maisel for $55 million in 2014.
The Bruce Museum announced that it received a gift of 50 Brett Weston (1911–1993) photographs last year. The donation was made by collector Christian Keesee.
Christof and Ursula Engelhorn donated 58 artworks, including pieces by Eugène Delacroix, Joseph Beuys, and Cy Twombly, to the Bavarian State Paintings Collections.
Maria Cox donated 50 works to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The gift is the second bequest made to the museum by Cox and her late husband, Donald. The collection includes works by Philip Guston, Keith Haring, and Joan Mitchell.
Michael Jordon donated $5 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The sports star also donated a basketball jersey from the 1996 NBA finals.
The Fitzwilliam Museum acquired a pair of 17th-century pietre dure cabinets. According to the museum’s press release, the cabinets were “almost certainly” commissioned by a member of the papal Borghese dynasty.
Charlotte Eyerman resigned her position as executive director and CEO of the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA).
Michael Miner was appointed director of development at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Liam Gillick was appointed artistic director of the Okayama Art Summit, a new triennial contemporary art exhibition.
Kelly Shindler was appointed senior specialist for exhibitions and public interpretation at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
The Norton Priory Museum was reopened following an extensive redevelopment.
Gallery Diet was renamed Nina Johnson.
Shara Hughes is now represented by Rachel Uffner Gallery.
The Walker Art Center is accepting applications for a two-year interdisciplinary fellowship within its visual arts department. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 19.
Pete Fountain (1930–2016), clarinetist and jazz musician.
Dave Hendley (1952–2016), photographer.
Kippa Matthews (1962–2016), photographer.
Patrice Munsel (1925–2016), soprano.
Ernst Neizvestny (1925–2016), artist and sculptor. Designed Nikita Khrushchev’s tombstone.
Johnny Nicholson (1916–2016), owner of the Café Nicholson in New York, a popular haunt of “the New Bohemians.”
Geoffrey Rigden (1943–2016), painter.
Peter Rodriguez (1926–2016), painter and founder of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum.
Elliot Tiber (1935–2016), provided the permit for the Woodstock Festival (1969).
Harry Titcombe (1934–2016), illustrator and wildlife artist.