Art Movements

This week in art news: French prosecutors sought a four-year prison sentence and €250-million fine for art dealer Guy Wildenstein, another lawsuit over a Knoedler Gallery forgery was settled, and David Nahmad claimed ownership of a Monet seized by the US Department of Justice.

Jean Tinguely, “Pandämonium N°1 – Méta-Harmonie 3” (1984), sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa (© 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich; photo: 2016 Museum Tinguely, Basel; Daniel Spehr)

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

French prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison sentence and €250 million (~$273 million) fine for Guy Wildenstein. The businessman and art dealer has been accused of evading inheritance tax payments following the death of his father, Daniel Wildenstein, in 2001.

Ann Freedman, the former director of the now-defunct Knoedler Gallery, settled a lawsuit with billionaire Frank Fertitta. The casino magnate sued the gallery after alleging that Freedman knowingly sold him a fake Rothko for $7.2 million. Fertitta’s lawsuit is the eighth of ten lawsuits against Freedman to have been settled following the Knoedler forgery scandal.

Art dealer David Nahmad claimed that a Claude Monet painting seized by the US Department of Justice belongs to him. The work, “Waterlilies with Reflections of Tall Grass” (1914–17) was seized in connection with corruption allegations at Malaysia’s state-run fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad).

South Korea‘s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism is seeking to establish a law that would require all art transactions to be rigorously documented. The act, which the ministry hopes to enact into law by 2017, would require all galleries, auction houses, and independent dealers to obtain licenses.

Music Machines / Machine Music opened at the Museum Tinguely in Switzerland. The exhibition marks the first time that all four of Jean Tinguely’s Méta-Harmonies sculptures (1978–85) have been exhibited together.

New ICA LA logo designed in collaboration with Mark Bradford (courtesy ICA LA)

Mark Bradford designed a new logo for the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. The design evokes the letterpress street posters of the Colby Poster Printing Co.

“Sky Landing,” Yoko Ono‘s first permanent public installation in the US, was unveiled in Jackson Park, Chicago.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts completed its year-long project to conserve and digitize works works on paper from its collection of German Expressionist art.

The George Eastman Museum launched a new site dedicated to its collection.

Thomas Vuille, the street artist best known for his character “Monsieur Chat” (or “Mr. Cat”), was fined €500 (~$546) for tagging a temporary partition at the Gare du Nord in Paris. According to Le Figaro, prosecutors had sought a three-month prison sentence for the artist.

Madame Tussauds will open a Yayoi Kusama “artistic themed zone” at its Hong Kong location next month.

H&M announced a clothing line and home décor collaboration with Alex Katz.


Waldemar Cordeiro, “Visible Idea” (1956), acrylic on wood, 23 9/16 x 23 5/8 in (courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York)

The Museum of Modern Art will establish a research institute dedicated to Latin American art following a donation of 102 works from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Michael Bloomberg donated $50 million to Boston’s Museum of Science.

The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust donated $2 million to the Clark Art Institute.

Paul Taylor donated Arthur Boyd’s “Sleeping Bride” (1957–8) to the Queensland Art Gallery.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art acquired Piet Mondrian’s “Stammer Mill with Streaked Sky” (1905–07).

Piet Mondrian, “Stammer Mill with Streaked Sky” (1905–07), oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 38 in, William Rockhill Nelson Trust through the George H. and Elizabeth O. Davis Fund (courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)


The National Museum of Beirut was fully reopened to the public.

The Uffizi Gallery reorganized several of its early Renaissance rooms.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the American Museum of Natural History’s proposal for a new science center.

Selldorf Architects was selected to design the Frick Collection’s upgrade and expansion.

Stella Rollig was appointed director of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.

Michael Hardwick was appointed executive director of the Linda Pace Foundation.

Jean-Pierre Criqui was appointed a curator of contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou.

Katherine Brodbeck was appointed assistant curator of contemporary art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Brady Roberts was appointed executive director and CEO of the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

The Hunterian Museum will close next spring for a three-year refurbishment.

White Flag Projects will close at the end of the month.

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh will close its gallery at Inverleith House.

Zürich’s Galerie Bob van Orsouw will close at the end of the year.

Lori Bookstein Fine Art announced that it “has suspended all public programming.”

New York’s Room East gallery announced that it will no longer represent artists.

Interior of the National Museum of Beirut (via american_rugbier/Flickr)


Kader Attia was awarded the 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize.

Charlie Adlard was named the UK’s comic laureate. The artist is best known for his work on The Walking Dead.

Jeremy Shaw, Brenda Draney, Charles Stankievech, Hajra Waheed, and William Robinson were shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is accepting applications for its full-time greenhouse manager position.


A work by Kengiro Azuma (via malditofriki/Flickr)

Kengiro Azuma (1926–2016), artist.

Leo Beranek (1914–2016), acoustics designer and internet pioneer.

Yvette Chauviré (1917–2016), ballerina.

Phil Chess (1921–2016), founder of Chess Records.

Don Ciccone (1946–2016), musician. Lead singer of the Critters.

Marianne de Trey (1913–2016), potter.

Pierre Etaix (1928–2016), film director and actor.

Graham C. Greene (1936–2016), publisher.

Mayer Hersh (1926–2016), Holocaust survivor and educator.

Thom Jones (1945–2016), author. Best known for The Pugilist at Rest (1993).

Ted V. Mikels (1929–2016), producer and director of low-budget horror and exploitation movies. Best known for The Astro-Zombies (1968) and The Doll Squad (1973).

Peter Reynolds (1958–2016), composer of the world’s shortest opera.

Louis Stettner (1922–2016), photographer.

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