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David Best’s “London 1666,” part of the ‘London’s Burning’ festival (© Matthew Andrews 2016) (click to enlarge)

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

Recently released figures indicate that Tate received £350,000 (~$465,000) from BP between 2007 and 2011, as well as a one-off payment of £750,000 (~$997,000) for its Cultural Olympiad film project. The museum was ordered to reveal the sponsorship figures by an information tribunal earlier this summer.

Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” (1930) will be exhibited at the Royal Academy in February as part of America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, an exhibition dedicated to Depression-era art. The show will mark the first time that the painting has been seen outside of the US.

“London 1666,” a 390-foot-long wooden replica of 1666 London, was set ablaze beside the river Thames to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire. The work was created by artist David Best in collaboration with the Artichoke Trust.

Several demonstrators were bitten by security dogs at a protest along the construction route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. A declaration filed by Tim Mentz, Sr., a former Standing Rock Sioux tribal historic preservation officer, details the archaeological sites and graves that have been destroyed during the pipeline’s construction.

Finland’s co-ruling nationalist Finns Party has blocked the use of any taxpayer money for the construction of the planned Guggenheim Helsinki, projected to cost $134–156 million.

Registrars at the Museum of Modern Art rediscovered the disassembled pieces of the original stretcher for Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” (1942).

The New York Times ended its coverage of art galleries, museums, and theaters in the Tristate area. In an internal email obtained by Deadline, the Times metropolitan editor, Wendell Jamieson, announced that “the Metropolitan section as it appears in New York City will still be published and circulated throughout the region, but it will no longer include zoned content. … Sorry about this, folks.” According to Deadline’s report, a number of reassignments and cuts to the paper’s culture desk are imminent.

Installation view of Antony Gormley’s “Object” (1999), Lutherkirche, Germany (photo by Helmut Kunde, © Antony Gormley) (click to enlarge)

Historic England launched a fresh appeal for information on the whereabouts of Antony Gormley‘s “A View, A Place.” The life-size sculpture was removed from the National Garden Festival at Stoke-on-Trent in 1986. Historian Fred Hughes told the BBC that the sculpture’s disappearance was “just one of those mysteries of life.” Another one of Gormley’s life-size sculptures, “Object” (1999), is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Many artists, cartoonists, and other cultural figures are among the roughly 35,000 people who have been detained in Turkey since July’s failed military coup, according to the Art Newspaper.

Save Venice Inc. announced the restoration of Paolo Veronese’s organ loft at the church of San Sebastiano. The restoration is part of an ongoing project to restore the entire church to its “former glory.”

Staff at the Norwich Castle Museum collection uncovered a section of a missing René Magritte painting under another one of his works.

The Queens Museum will be closed through September 11 due to “heightened security” for the US Open.

Secretly Canadian, an Independent music label based in Indiana, plans to reissue Yoko Ono’s entire musical output from the years 1968 to 1985.

Dan Farrimond was hired as an artist-in-residence for the ARD broadcasting organization in Germany. The artist will create a new work of “Teletext art” every day through the end of September.

Dan Farrimond, “Artiste en Residence” (2016) (via


Works from the collection of artists Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan will be sold at Sotheby’s in November. The proceeds of the auction, which will include works by Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, will be used to employ the architecture collective Assemble for their restoration of the couple’s former studio space in Durham Wharf.


The Museum of Arts and Design, New York (photo by Gustav Liliequist, courtesy MAD) (click to enlarge)

Nicholas Serota will step down as director of the Tate galleries sometime next year, following his appointment as chairman of Arts Council England.

David Berliner was appointed president and COO of the Brooklyn Museum.

Bill de Blasio nominated Michael M. Samuelian to be president and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island.

Martin Roth, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, announced that he will leave his role “in the autumn.”

Josef Helferstein succeeded Bernhard Mendes Bürgi as director of the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Jorge Daniel Veneciano was appointed director of the Museum of Arts and Design.

Janet Bloch will succeed Erika Hanner as director of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

Ed Prohaska was appointed CFO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Cécile Bernard was appointed general manager of Sotheby’s France.

Sotheby’s appointed Martin Klosterfelde as senior director and specialist of Sotheby’s European contemporary art team in London.

Barbra Streisand was elected chairwoman of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center.

The American Dance Institute rebranded itself as the Lumberyard.

Ibid Gallery opened a permanent space in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

The fifth edition of the Çanakkale Biennial was cancelled.


The National Academy Museum and School announced its newest class of National Academician members.

Steve McQueen was awarded the 2016 Johannes Vermeer Award — the Dutch annual state prize for the arts.

Sharon Olds received the Academy of American Poets’ 2016 Wallace Stevens Award.

Absolut announced the nominees for its 2017 Absolut Art Award.


MTA Arts and Design launched an open call for artists to submit samples of their work. Selected artists will have their final designs fabricated for one of five N line subway stations in Brooklyn. Submissions must be completed by midnight on Friday, September 30.


A page from the 33rd issue of “Oz London” (via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

Johan Botha (1965–2016), tenor.

Ruth Braunstein (1923–2016), art dealer. Owner of the Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco.

Prince Buster (1938–2016), musician.

Michel Butor (1926–2016), writer. Best known for La Modification (1957).

Anna Dewdney (1965–2016), children’s author. Best known for her “Llama Llama” read-aloud picture books.

Jerry Heller (1940–2016), music manager. Managed NWA.

Robin Hamlyn (unconfirmed–2016), curator at Tate Britain. William Blake specialist.

Fred Hellerman (1927–2016), singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Founding member of the Weavers.

Nathan Lyons (1930–2016), photographer and curator.

Richard Neville (1941–2016), co-founder and editor of 1960s counterculture magazine Oz.

Emilio Prini (1943–2016), artist. Leading figure of the Arte Povera movement.

Robin Spark (1938–2016), artist. Son of novelist Muriel Spark.

Rudy Van Gelder (1924–2016), jazz recording engineer.

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Tiernan Morgan

Tiernan Morgan is the former producer of Hyperallergic. His articles have examined New York’s 1980s art scene and artist resale royalties. He also collaborates with artist and regular Hyperallergic contributor...

7 replies on “Art Movements”

  1. Pardon my ignorance, but is it not legally and normally required that institutions like “The Tate” make full financial disclosures in annual reports?

      1. That definitely means that it’s not my business, but for a start, they could’ve protested someone or thing that was clearly evil.
        I like that BP is researching and even using geothermal energy sources.
        But that’s just me I guess, as most like wind and solar, which I don’t care for much. Maybe in space, far away from the Earth’s core of magma.

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