Art Movements

An installation at the Heidelberg Project, Detroit (via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

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

Artist Tyree Guyton announced that he will gradually dismantle his critically acclaimed Heidelberg Project. The sprawling “open-air art environment,” a fixture of Detroit’s art scene, was started by Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey in 1986. According to the Detroit Free Press, Guyton plans to transform the project into an “arts-infused community” as opposed to a single installation created by one man.

A passage from Marina Abramović‘s upcoming memoir, Walk Through Walls, in which the artist describes Aboriginal Australians as looking like “dinosaurs,” was cut after it was widely criticized online.

A team of 35 people began digging at a site between Wroclaw and Walbrzych in southwestern Poland in a bid to recover an apocryphal Nazi train. According to local folklore, an armored train carrying gold attempted to leave the area shortly before the Soviet army closed in on the area during World War II.

One of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Polaroid photographs (courtesy Bonhams) (click to enlarge)

Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Polaroid collection will be auctioned at Bonhams on October 6. The photographs were shot in the filmmaker’s native Russia and in Italy, where Tarkovsky worked on his 1983 film, Nostalgia.

Over 2,700 people have signed a petition to save Victoria Wharf, a warehouse of artists’ studios and independent businesses in Hackney Wick, London. The London Legacy Development Corporation plans to demolish the former tire factory in order to make way for a new footbridge.

A number of artists are considering a group action lawsuit against Justin Giarla, according to Vandalog. The art dealer has been accused of withholding artworks and payments after closing down his three San Francisco-based galleries — White Walls Gallery, Shooting Gallery, and 941 Geary — earlier this year.

Concluding a nearly decade-long litigation, the United States District Court determined that Lucas Cranach the Elder’s paintings “Adam” and “Eve” are the legal property of the Norton Simon Museum of Art. The paintings, which were acquired by the museum in 1971, had been expropriated by the Nazis during World War II.

The Museum Association‘s Ethics Committee ruled that it found no violations of its Code of Ethics in emails and memos sent between BP and a number of British museums. The correspondence was acquired through a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Art Not Oil Coalition.

Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl (2001), introduced a clause in her contracts with filmmakers to prevent them from changing the historic facts in her work.


Barbara Kruger, “Untitled( Belief + Doubt = Sanity)” (2008), C- Print, collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz (© Barbara Kruger, courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, NY) (click to enlarge)

Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz promised to donate 100 works from their collection to the NSU Art Museum. An exhibition drawn from their collection, Belief + Doubt, will open at the museum on August 26.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art launched a long-term Asian art initiative after receiving a $6 million bequest from Alfred P. Gale.

J. Michael Bewley donated 12 artworks to the San Jose Museum of Art. The gift includes works by Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, and George Groz.

Steven Cohen’s investment firm, Point72 Asset Management, dropped two thirds of its Sotheby’s stock according to a report by Art Market Monitor. Late last month it was reported that Chinese insurer, Taiking Life, amassed a 13.5% stake in the auction house. “One of the key questions […] was how the life insurer was able to acquire so much of the stock without drastically moving the price,” writes Marion Maneker. “The logical place to look for a seller was Cohen’s Point72, an active trader of stocks that would have been keen to realize the nearly 50% rise in value over a six month span.”


The Arts and Industries Building, Washington, D.C. (via Flickr/Robert Lyle Bolton) (click to enlarge)

Rachel Goslins was appointed director of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.

Joseph Rosa was appointed director and CEO of the Frye Art Museum.

Rita Kersting was appointed deputy director of the Museum Ludwig.

Jorge Daniel Veneciano will step down as executive director of the El Museo del Barrio at the end of the month.

Melissa Messina was appointed artistic director of Flux Projects.

Lauren Haynes was appointed curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Leonardo Bravo was appointed director of education and public programs at the Palm Springs Art Museum [via email announcement].

Carla Acevedo-Yates was appointed assistant curator at Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is planning a $25 million expansion.

New York arts venue P! will hold its final season of exhibitions this fall.

DANY Studios will close at the end of October [via email announcement].

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art completed its restoration of Francisco de Zurbarán’s “Saint Serapion” (1628) [via email announcement].

Francisco de Zurbarán, “Saint Serration” (1628), oil on canvas (courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)


Dancer and choreographer Adam Linder was awarded the Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award. Wadada Leo Smith and Kenzi Shiokava were awarded the Career Achievement Award and Public Recognition Award, respectively.

Choreographers Katerina Andreou and Will Rawls received the Casinos Austria Prix Jardin d’Europe at the ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival.


R2-D2 (Via Flickr/May Wong) (click to enlarge)

Kenny Baker (1934–2016), actor. Best known for playing R2-D2 in the Star Wars saga.

Alan Dossor (1941–2016), artistic director of the Everyman Theatre between 1970 and 1975.

Pádraig Duggan (1949–2016), founding member of Clannad.

Alasdair Graham (1934–2016), concert pianist.

Barry Hanson (1943–2016), producer of The Long Good Friday (1980) and The Naked Civil Servant (1975).

Arthur Hiller (1923–2016), film director. Best known for Love Story (1970).

Gerald Hughes (1920–2016), author of Ted and I (2012). Brother of Ted Hughes.

Bobby Hutcherson (1941–2016), jazz vibraphonist.

Daniel Josefsohn (1961–2016), photographer.

Jacqueline Moreau (1929–2016), artist.

Michael O’Pray (1945–2016), film scholar. Best known for Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions (Short Cuts) (2003).

Elizabeth Sparrow (1926) historian. Author of Secret Service: British Agents in France, 1792–1815 (1999).

Thomas Steinbeck (1944–2016), writer. Eldest son of John Steinbeck.

John Vaccaro (1929–2016), playwright and director.

Ruby Wilson (1948–2016), blues, soul, and gospel singer.

Glenn Yarbrough (1930–2016), folk singer and member of the Limeliters.

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