Banksy’s “Spy Booth” mural (2014), Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (via Flickr/Peter K. Levy) (click to enlarge)

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

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the destruction of several cultural heritage sites in Timbuktu. The former Malian rebel leader is both the first defendant to go on trial for the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime and the first defendant to have pleaded guilty at the ICC.

The Italian government introduced a measure to provide €500 (~$564) for every 18-year-old to spend on cultural events and products through December 31, 2017. Italians and legal residents who register for the scheme are permitted to spend the funds on museum exhibitions, concerts, movie and theater tickets, and books.

Banksy’s so-called “Spy Booth” mural in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was removed and possibly destroyed, despite having been granted protected status. The work, which is situated a few miles from Government Communications Headquarters, was created a few months after the Snowden revelations.

A federal judge ruled that Peter Doig did not paint a desert scene signed “Pete Doige 76.” The painting’s owner, Robert Fletcher, sued the Turner Prize nominee after he denied painting the picture. “Today’s verdict is the long overdue vindication of what I have said from the beginning four years ago,” Doig stated after the ruling. “A young talented artist named Pete Edward Doige painted this work, I did not. That a living artist has to defend the authorship of his own work should never have come to pass.”

Zaha Hadid, “Metropolis” (1988) (© Zaha Hadid Architects) (click to enlarge)

An exhibition of rarely seen paintings, drawings, and digital works by Zaha Hadid will open at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on December 8.

Almost 70% of artifacts that have been seized in anti-smuggling operations in Syria and Lebanon have turned out to be fakes according to Syria’s antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdulkarim.

Hundreds of union workers protested outside the 5Pointz redevelopment site after the project’s developer, Jerry Wolkoff, reneged on his promise to hire union labor.

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is in the process of digitizing its entire collection according to a report by Al-Monitor.

The Harvard Art Museums launched an online database of over 32,000 Bauhaus-related objects.

Sixteen postcards sent by Malcolm X to Gloria Owens, the secretary at Muhammad’s Temples of Islam where X was a minister, were auctioned at Nate D. Sanders.

Santigold collaborated with artist Kara Walker and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos on her new music video, “Banshee.”


Philippe-Jacques Van Brée, “The Studio of the Flower Painter Van Daël at the Sorbonne” (1816) (courtesy Worcester Art Museum) (click to enlarge)

The Worcester Art Museum acquired works by Otto Dix and Philippe-Jacques Van Brée.

The Kunsthalle Bremen acquired a well-preserved copperplate etching of Albrecht Dürer’s “Saint Eustace” (1501) — the artist’s largest copperplate engraving.

Chuck Thurow donated 114 artworks to the DePaul Art Museum. The gift includes works by Philip Hanson, Linda Kramer, Karl Wirsum, and Theaster Gates.

The G.A.C. Halff Foundation donated $1 million to the McNay Art Museum.

The Art Gallery of South Australia acquired teamLab’s “Ever Blossoming Life II — A whole year per hour, Gold” (2016).

The Clark Art Institute acquired Émile Bernard’s “Portrait de Madame Lemasson” (1891).

Émile Bernard, “Portrait de Madame Lemasson” (1891), oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 21 5/8 inches (courtesy Clark Art Institute) (click to enlarge)


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will eliminate eight full-time and twenty part-time positions in January according to a report by the Voice of San Diego.

Seven staff members were laid off at the Speed Art Museum.

Eyebeam, LAXART, Neu Kirche, and Triple Canopy became W.A.G.E. Certified.

Hope McMath stepped down as the director of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Gerun Riley was appointed president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Claire Rice was appointed executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois.

The Pérez Art Museum appointed three new deputy directors: Adrienne Chadwick (education), Melissa Cowley Wolf (development), and Christina Boomer Vazquez (marketing and public engagement).

Richard Fagen was appointed vice president of computing and digital initiatives at the J.Paul Getty Trust.

Michael Downing was appointed director of development at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Ron Magliozzi was promoted to curator in the department of film at the Museum of Modern Art.

Corinne Erni was appointed curator of special projects at the Parrish Art Museum.

Curator Defne Ayas announced her withdrawal from the artistic advisory board for the first Antarctic Biennale. In a Facebook post, Ayas attributed her decision to the “framing” of the Biennale’s open call.

The Bohman Forsblom Gallery will open in January 2017 as part of a merger between the Lars Bohman Gallery and Galerie Forsblom.

The Pavel Zoubok Gallery announced that it will merge and share a space with the George Adams Gallery [via email announcement].

The Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery will reopen in September following its expansion.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will offer free admission to Hartford residents through to June 2017.

The interior of the Morgan Great Hall at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (photo by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic) (click to enlarge)


Steve McQueen was awarded the 2016 British Film Institute Fellowship.

Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s Children of Time was awarded the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Evan Baden, Dawn Cerny, Mark Mitchell, Wendy Red Star, and Sadie Wechsler were selected as the finalists for the Seattle Art Museum’s 2016 Betty Bowen Award.

Morehshin Allahyari, Nora N. Khan, Mimi Onuoha, Macon Reed, and Karolina Sobecka were selected for Eyebeam‘s research residency.

Mary Ratcliff was selected as MOCA Jacksonville’s UNF student-in-residence.


The Guggenheim Museum is currently accepting applications for a two-year fellowship in the Conservation of Computer-based Art. Candidates must have a completed an MA degree in fine arts conservation or in libraries and archives, computer science or information science programs.


Jacques Terzian (center, kneeling) with tenants from The Point (1988) (photo by Judy Reed, courtesy Terzian family) (click to enlarge)

Elechi Amadi (1934–2016), writer. Best known for The Concubine (1966).

Anne Balfour-Fraser (1923–2016), film producer.

Headley Bennett (1931–2016), saxophonist.

Connie Crothers (1941–2016), jazz pianist and composer.

Irving Fields (1915–2016), composer.

Antony Jay (1930–2016), writer, director, and co-author of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister (1980–88).

Ernst Nolte (1923–2016), historian. Principal figure in the Historikerstreit (“historians’ quarrel”).

Sonia Rykiel (1930–2016), fashion designer.

Jacques Terzian (1921–2016), sculptor. Founder of The Point.

Toots Thielemans (1922–2016), harmonica player. Performed the theme song for Sesame Street.

Joyce Carol Thomas (1938–2016), poet, playwright, and children’s book author.

John Woolford (1920–2016), muse and lover of Benjamin Britten.

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