Unknown artist, “Five Buddhas” (1725), ink and mineral pigments on hemp, Songgwangsa Temple, conserved by Robert and Sandra Mattielli (photo courtesy Portland Art Museum)

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

According to The Art Newspaper, UNESCO postponed its decision to add Venice to its list of World Heritage in Danger sites following intense lobbying by the Italian government.

Ashley Salazar filed a lawsuit against Richard Prince after the artist used one of her Instagram posts for his New Portraits series. The makeup artist and model is the third person to file a copyright infringement claim against Prince over the series.

Five Buddhas: A Korean Icon’s Journey through Time will open at the Portland Art Museum on September 3. The exhibition is dedicated to a single work of art, “Five Buddhas,” an 18th century painting stolen from the Songgwangsa temple in Korea. The show will chronicle the discovery, restoration, and restitution of the work, which will be repatriated to Korea after it closes.

A group of Israeli artists, educators, and museum directors filed a lawsuit against the country’s ministry of culture in July. The suit accuses the culture ministry and the Israeli Council for Culture and Art of a lack of transparency.

A number of artists, writers, and cultural figures — including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, and Oliver Stone — signed an open statement opposing the impeachment of Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff.

Pink Floyd’s drummer, Nick Mason, outside the V&A Museum, London (photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images, courtesy V&A Museum) (click to enlarge)

The V&A Museum will open “an immersive, multi-sensory, and theatrical” retrospective of Pink Floyd‘s work in May. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains will include over 350 objects, unseen concert footage, and a laser light show.

Ai Wewei claimed that his last-minute exclusion from the Yinchuan Biennale was due to his “political status.”

Architect Renzo Piano called for a strengthening of anti-seismic regulations following last week’s earthquake in central Italy.

Larry Gagosian will hold a fundraising art auction for Hillary Clinton on September 12, according to ARTnews. The art dealer previously contributed $2,700 to Chris Christie‘s presidential campaign.

The National Trust and Artangel collaborated on a program of art installations and events at Reading Gaol prison. Oscar Wilde composed his final work at the prison, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), while serving two years hard labor for “gross indecency.”

One hundred and thirty works from the collection of Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin will leave Russia for the first time in a century to go on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The exhibition will include works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Claude Monet.

Bob Ross‘s business partner, Annette Kowalski, revealed in an interview that the artist grew to hate his perm after it became indelibly associated with his “brand.” “He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Kowalski told NPR. “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that.”


Parmigianino, “Virgin with Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene” (ca 1530-40), oil on paper, laid down on panel, 29 1/2 x 23 1/2 in (courtesy Sotheby’s)

The Getty Museum announced its “intent to acquire” Parmigianino’s “Virgin with Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene” (ca 1530–40). The acquisition is subject to an export license being granted by the Arts Council England.

Ed and Danna Ruscha donated 30 works from their personal collection to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art acquired Pieter Withoos’s “Studies of Butterflies, Moths, Flies, a Beetle, and a Slowworm” (ca 1675–92).


Kheli R. Willetts was appointed CEO of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Tricia Y. Paik was appointed director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.

Craig Peterson was appointed artistic director of the Abrons Arts Center.

Katy Siegel was appointed senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Sophie Hackett was promoted to curator of photography, and Sasha Suda was promoted to curator, European art and R. Fraser Elliott chair, Print and Drawing Council, at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Thomas Hesse was appointed CEO of Auctionata | Paddle8.

Hollywood talent agency UTA (United Talent Agency) will open an art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles on September 17.

The A4 Contemporary Art Center in Chengdu will reopen at a new site in April.

The reopening of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach was postponed until spring of 2017 due to construction delays.

Lisa Cooley gallery permanently closed.

An installation of text paintings by Scott Reeder, Lisa Cooley gallery, New York (courtesy Lisa Cooley Gallery)


The International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America launched an open call for artists. Applications must be submitted by September 30.

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is looking for an artist to paint an official portrait of Mike Pence, the state’s governor and Donald Trump’s running mate. Applicants must be residents/natives of the state or graduates of an Indiana institution of higher learning.


The April 1966 issue of ‘Ramparts’ magazine (via Flickr/manhhai) (click to enlarge)

Neil Black (1932–2016), oboist.

Vera Caslavska (1942–2016), Czech gymnast. Publicly opposed the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Antony Copley (1937–2016), historian. Specialist in modern Indian religious and political movements.

Jaime Davidovich (1936–2016), video and installation artist.

David Enthoven (1944–2016), music manager.

Juan Gabriel (1950–2016), singer and songwriter.

Warren Hinckle (1938–2016), writer and executive editor of Ramparts (1964–69).

Colin O’Brien (1940–2016), photographer.

Marc Riboud (1923–2016), photojournalist. Best known for his 1967 photograph of a anti-Vietnam War protestor presenting a flower to members of the National Guard.

Max Ritvo (1990–2016), poet.

Gilli Smyth (1933–2016), co-founder of Gong.

Annena Stubbs (1924–2016), costume designer.

Jane Thompson (1927–2016), designer.

Gene Wilder (1933–2016), actor and director. Best known for The Producers (1969) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and Blazing Saddles (1974).

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