Art Movements

The statue of Vladimir Lenin on the roof of the Red Square apartment building in New York (photo by Allison Meier for Hyperallergic) 

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

The Red Square building’s 18-foot-tall statue of Vladimir Lenin was removed late on Monday night. The sculpture, which was originally commissioned by the USSR from artist Yuri Gerasimov, had stood on the roof of the East Village apartment building since 1989. Its removal follows reports of the building’s sale to developer Dermot Company for $100 million. Flickr user editrixie documented the statue’s removal in a series of photographs titled “Marxism on the Move.”

Human rights lawyer, Xia Lin, whose clients include Ai Weiwei and Pu Zhiqiang, was jailed for 12 years for fraudulently obtaining $700,000 to pay off gambling debts.

Firefighters struggled to extinguish a fire at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art.

François Hollande announced the formation of a $100 million fund to combat attacks on cultural heritage sites in the Middle East during a speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Quimbaya sculpture repatriated by the Art Recovery Group. The organization was alerted to the upcoming sale of the sculpture by art historian Beth West (photo by Fatima De La Espada) (click to enlarge)

The Art Recovery Group announced the restitution of an indigenous Colombian artifact that went missing from a museum in Cartagena 80 years ago. According to the ARG, the ceramic sculpture was recently consigned to Hampstead Auctions in London. The consigner, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed that his ex-girlfriend’s family gave him the sculpture as a gift in 1999.

The National Gallery of Australia returned two artifacts to India at a ceremony in Canberra. The works were purchased from disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.

British Columbia allocated CAD 2 million (USD 1.5 million) toward the repatriation of First Nation artifacts from museums around the world.

A Dutch court ruled that Marina Abramović violated a contract with her former collaborator and lover, Ulay.

The 57th Venice Biennale, which will take place between May 13 and November 26, 2017, will be named Viva Arte Viva.

Australian trade unions banned their workers from demolishing the Sirius housing building, one of Sydney’s only brutalist structures. Hundreds of people demonstrated against the government’s efforts to sell the building for redevelopment earlier this month.

A Banksy stencil dubbed “the Love Plane” was removed from a car park in Liverpool by the Sincura Group, a company providing “unique lifestyle management and bespoke concierge services.” The group, which is known for removing and selling the street artist’s murals, is working with developers North Property Global to open a new “Street Art museum.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto is slated to portray Andy Warhol in a film adapted from Victor Bockris’s Warhol: The Biography (1989).

A woman was arrested after crashing her car into the Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood.

Specialists at the Rijksmuseum attributed six paintings to the Dutch Golden Age painter and printmaker Hercules Segers (c. 1589–1638). The works will be included in an exhibition opening at the museum next month.

Hercules Segers, “Woodland Path” (ca.1618-20), canvas on panel, 16.1 x 22.7 cm, private collection (courtesy Rijksmuseum) (click to enlarge)


The Tate acquired a portrait by Joan Carlile — one of the first female painters to work professionally in Britain.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University acquired works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Norman Rockwell, and Alex Katz.

The Japan Society received an additional $2.5 million grant from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

The Tucson Museum of Art received a $92,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop programs for local refugees and immigrants.

The New-York Historical Society acquired the archives of social activist and sports icon Billie Jean King.

The Getty Museum acquired a Borghese-Windsor cabinet (1620). The pietre dure cabinet was made in Rome for Pope Paul V and later acquired by King George IV of England.

Borghese-Windsor Cabinet (Rome, ca 1620), ebony; statuettes in gilded bronze and silver; hard stones include lapis lazuli, jaspers, agates, carnelians, amethyst; ebony and ivory (removed) for the central niche (photo courtesy Sotheby’s Paris) (click to enlarge)


Manuel Rabaté was appointed director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Stefan Kalmár was appointed director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch was appointed program director at Berlin’s Jewish Museum.

Heather Davis was appointed deputy executive director of the Worcester Art Museum.

Alan Vallance was appointed chief executive of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Daniel Belasco was appointed executive director of the Al Held Foundation [via email announcement].

Vasundhara Prabhu was appointed director of education at the Farnsworth Art Museum [via email announcement].

Gina Olivia Edensvard joined Los Angeles’s Ibid gallery as a partner.

Aria Dean was appointed assistant curator of net art at Rhizome.

New York’s Kansas gallery permanently closed.

A new initiative named Istanbul Gallery Weekend will launch on September 30.

The High Museum of Art revised its admission prices.


Roger Hiorns, “Untitled” (2011), military aircraft engine, fire, youth, dimensions variable (courtesy Corvi-Mora, London, and De Hallen Haarlem; photo by Gert Jan van Rooij) (click to enlarge)

Roger Hiorns was awarded the 2016 Faena Prize for the Arts.

The MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of its 2016 “genius grants.”

Brenda Bufalino will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Dance award at the Bessies on October 18.

Josh Faught and Ruth Laskey were announced as the awardees for the 2016 San Francisco Artadia Awards.

Vahni Capildeo was awarded the 25th Forward Prize for best collection of poetry. Tiphanie Yanique received the Felix Dennis Prize for best first collection shortlist, and Sasha Dugdale was awarded the Forward Prize for best single poem shortlist.

Wendy Red Star was awarded the 2016 Betty Bowen Award.

Suzan Frecon was awarded the Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s 2016 Artist Award.

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution was awarded the inaugural Don Tyson Prize, a $200,000 award for outstanding achievement in American art.

The Freelands Foundation awarded the inaugural Freelands Award to the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. The £100,000 (~$130,000) award will be used to finance an exhibition of work by Jacqueline Donachie, £25,000 of which will be paid directly to the artist.

Nick Stathopoulos received the 2016 Archibald Prize People’s Choice award for his portrait of Sudanese refugee and lawyer, Deng Adut.

Nick Stathopoulos, “Deng” (2016), acrylic and oil on linen, 137.5 x 137 cm (© the artist, photo © AGNSW, Mim Stirling)


The Rijksmuseum is accepting entries for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award. Members of the public are invited to create an artwork inspired by a work in the museum’s collection. The deadline for entries is January 15, 2017.

Katz’s Delicatessen launched an artist residency program called “Katz & Dogz.” Selected artists will have their work exhibited for three months at the iconic Lower East Side deli. Interested artists should submit portfolios to [email protected].


Poster for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ (1962) (via Wikipedia)

Edward Albee (1928–2016), playwright. Author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962).

Don Buchla (1937–2016), experimental musician and electronic music pioneer.

Frank Dickens (1931–2016), cartoonist. Creator of Bristow.

Curtis Hanson (1945–2016), film director and writer. Best known for LA Confidential (1997) and 8 Mile (2002).

W.P. Kinsella (1935–2016), author. Best known for Shoeless Joe (1982).

William Louis-Dreyfus (1932–2016), art collector and chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services.

D. Keith Mano (1942–2016), novelist.

Wilf Roberts (1941–2016), artist.

Hassan Sharif (1951–2016), conceptual artist.

Allister Sparks (1933–2016), journalist. Exposed the murder of apartheid activist Steve Biko.

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