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David Shrigley, “Really Good” (2016) (photo by Gautier Deblonde)

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

The International Criminal Court sentenced Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to 9–11 years in prison for attacking nine centuries-old mausoleums and the Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu. UNESCO unveiled the restoration of the mosque’s sacred gate earlier this month.

Ottawa police described the death of acclaimed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook as suspicious. The artist’s body was recovered from the Rideau River on September 19. An Ottawa police officer is currently under investigation for remarks posted in the comments section of an article related to Pootoogook’s death. According to the Globe and Mail, Sergeant Chris Hrnchiar stated that the artist’s death “could be a suicide. … She got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows,” Hrnchiar wrote, “typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.”

David Shrigley‘s “Really Good” (2016) was installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The 23-foot-high bronze sculpture is the 11th work to be commissioned for the space since the project’s inception in 1999.

The Wildenstein trial will continue after a judge rejected a second bid to delay the case. Several members of the art-dealing family have been accused of evading inheritance tax payments following the death of Daniel Wildenstein in 2001.

The UK’s culture minister, Matt Hancock, placed a temporary export bar on Titian’s “Study of a Kneeling Man” (ca 1529). The work, which is one of only nine drawings by the artist in the UK, may leave the country unless another buyer can match the asking price of £4.4 million (~$5.7 million).

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s portrait of Leopold Löwenstam on Antiques Roadshow (courtesy BBC) (click to enlarge)

A long-lost painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was featured on the UK edition of Antiques Roadshow. The work is a portrait of Leopold Löwenstam, an engraver and close friend of Alma-Tadema who created numerous etchings of the artist’s work. Rupert Mass, who valued the work between £200,000-300,000 (~$260,000–390,000), described the work as “one of the best pictures we have ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history. There are hardly any portraits of engravers at work at all, and this is one of the most telling and beautiful.”

The Neue Galerie repurchased Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s “Nude” (1914) after returning the painting to the heirs of its original owner. The work was seized by the Nazis in the 1930s.

The City of Cologne announced that it will return a drawing by Adolph von Menzel to the heirs of its original owners. Art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt purchased the work from Linda Martens shorty before she was forced to flee Nazi Germany with her husband.

Four ancient Roman coins were discovered beneath Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, Japan.

A painting by Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678), a pupil of Peter Paul Rubens, was discovered in a storeroom at the Swansea Museum by art historian Bendor Grosvenor. The painting’s restoration is featured in a new BBC series entitled Britain’s Lost Masterpieces.

Anish Kapoor described the repeated vandalism of his sculpture “Dirty Corner” (2011–15) last year as “an inside job.” The artist also described the response of officials at Versailles as “pathetic.”


Paul Sérusier, “Farm in Brittany” (ca 1890) (courtesy Van Gogh Museum) (click to enlarge)

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam acquired Paul Sérusier’s “Farm in Brittany” (ca 1890).

The Albright-Knox Gallery will be renamed the Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum in recognition of Jeffrey Gundlach’s $42.5 million donation to the museum.

The George Lucas Family Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Norman Rockwell Museum.

George Takei donated his personal collection of artworks and artifacts to the Japanese American National Museum.

The British Museum acquired 16 lithographs prints and 3 aquatint prints by Pablo Picasso.


The Basrah Museum officially opened. The antiquities museum is housed inside a converted former palace of Saddam Hussein.

Egypt’s Mallawi Museum reopened after a £864,000 (~$1.1 million) renovation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art laid off 34 employees as part of its continuing effort to reduce its budget deficit.

Wim Pijbes stepped down as general director of the Museum Voorlinden less than three weeks after the museum’s opening.

The board members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco voted to appoint Diane “Dede” Wilsey as board chair, despite allegations that she misappropriated $457,000 of museum funds during her time as CEO.

Lynette Yiadom Boakye and David Adjaye were appointed to the Serpentine Galleries’ board of trustees.

Flemming Friborg will step down as director of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek early next year.

Brett Abbott was appointed director of collections and exhibitions at the the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Stephanie Smith was appointed chief curator of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum appointed Camille Ann Brewer as their first full-time curator of contemporary textile art.

Grant S. Smith was appointed director of development at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Anthony Aiuppy was appointed educator for family and children’s programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.

Hugh Edmeades will stand down from his full-time job at Christie’s in order to become an independent freelance auctioneer.

Marian Goodman Gallery will open a second space in Paris in December.

Nicole Berry, the deputy director of Expo Chicago since 2011, was appointed to the same position at the Armory Show.

Hunting PLC attributed their decision to suspend the Hunting Art Prize to a “number of challenges related to the current oil price environment.”


Pierre Huyghe, “Zoodram 4” (2011), live marine ecosystem, aquarium, resin mask after Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse (1910) (photo by Guillaune Ziccarelli) (click to enlarge)

Pierre Huyghe was awarded the 2017 Nasher Prize.

Tino Sehgal was awarded the 2016 Hans Molfenter Prize.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 2017 Royal Gold Medal.

Elizabeth LeCompte was awarded the 23rd annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

Nicole Smythe-Johnson was awarded the 2016 Tilting Axis curatorial fellowship.

Lucy O’Doherty was awarded the 2016 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.


Smack Mellon began accepting applications for its 2017–2018 Artist Studio Program. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, November 3, 2016.


A copy of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ “The Wizard of Gore” (1970) (via Flickr/Terror on Tape) (click to enlarge)

Bernard Bergonzi (1929–2016), poet, critic, and academic.

Karl Dietrich Bracher (1922–2016), historian specializing in the Nazi era.

Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural Jr. (1947–2016), accordionist and zydeco musician.

Nils Erik Gjerdevik (1962–2016), artist.

Teodoro González de León (1926–2016), architect.

Herschell Gordon Lewis (1926–2016), film director. Pioneer of splatter cinema.

John D. Loudermilk (1934–2016), country singer and songwriter.

Kevin Reid (1961–2016), art dealer.

Jean Shepard (1933–2016), country singer and songwriter.

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