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This week in art news: London’s mayor announced plans to help artists secure long-term studio spaces, restorers discovered a previously unknown work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner at the Städel Museum, and Pussy Riot released a new track titled “Straight Outta Vagina.”

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, “Szene im Café” (ca 1926), 55 x 47 cm (courtesy Städel Museum)

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

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that the city will create a trust that will provide “faster financing” for artists looking to purchase their studio spaces.

Restorers at the Städel Museum discovered a previously unknown work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The painting, which depicts a cafe scene, was attached to the same stretcher used for Kirchner’s “Sleigh Ride in the Snow” (1927–29).

Pussy Riot released a new song titled “Straight Outta Vagina.”

The Museo del Prado opened its first-ever show dedicated to a female artist — a one room exhibition of 15 works by Dutch Golden Age painter Clara Peeters.

Swiss financier Urs Schwarzenbach was fined $4 million for failing to declare the import of 200 artworks into Switzerland.

The carabinieri cultural heritage protection department (nicknamed the “Blue Helmets“) has recovered some 900 artworks from the ruins of sites impacted by the earthquake in central Italy last August.

A caterer accidentally knocked off one of the Townley Venus‘s thumbs at the British Museum last December. The Roman sculpture’s thumb was subsequently reapplied with adhesive by the museum’s conservation department.

Paul Nash, “Moon Aviary” (c.1937), cedarwood, ivory, stone and bone (courtesy Ernest, Brown & Phillips Ltd, © Tate Photography)

An exhibition dedicated to Paul Nash opened at Tate Britain. The show includes “Moon Aviary” (1937), a long lost sculpture that was recovered at a “privately-owned art archive” earlier this year. The work was found in pieces inside a cardboard box.

The architectural firm ARO (Architecture Research Office) was selected to renovate the Rothko Chapel in Houston.

The Mayor Gallery in London filed a lawsuit against the company responsible for the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné after members of the estate’s authentication committee rejected 13 works submitted by the gallery’s clients.

Mark Rylance stated that he is not likely to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company unless the theater ditches its sponsorship deal with BP. “It’s not philanthropic of BP, it’s a calculated advertising ploy,” Rylance told BBC Radio 4.

The Smithsonian Institution expanded its Wizard of Oz Kickstarter campaign. Having raised the $300,000 required to preserve and redisplay Dorothy’s iconic red slippers, the museum is now looking for an additional $85,000 to conserve the film’s scarecrow costume.

The Smithsonian Institution launched Sidedoor, a new podcast exploring the “unexpected overlaps in science, art, history, and culture.”

As part of a project spearheaded by art historian Christine Mehring, Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell‘s “Concrete Traffic” (1970) — a 1957 Cadillac encased in concrete — was tuned up and relocated to a parking garage on the University of Chicago campus. The work was originally commissioned as a “happening” by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Wolf Vostell, “Concrete Traffic” (1970) (photo by David Katzive, courtesy MCA Chicago)

Transactions

US couple Marlene and Spencer Hays donated around 600 works to the Musée d’Orsay, the largest gift by foreign donors to the museum in over 70 years.

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art received a three-year grant of up to $900,000 from the Walton Family Foundation to support the digitization of the Archives’ collections.

The Museum of Modern Art added the 176 original emoji pictograms designed by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999 to its permanent collection.

One of INDECLINE’s naked Donald Trump sculptures (“The Emperor Has No Balls“) was sold at Julien’s Auctions for $21,875. According to a press release, a portion of the sale will be donated to the National Immigration Forum.

CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper purchased Anton Raphael Mengs’s “Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento, duquesa de Huescar” (1775) at TEFAF New York. The work was recently exhibited as part of the Metropolitan Museum’s Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible exhibition.

Anton Raphael Mengs, “Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento, duquesa de Huescar” (1775), oil on panel, 34 1/16 × 27 7/16 in (courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Transitions

David M. Rubenstein was appointed chairman of the Smithsonian Institution’s board.

Donald A. Moore was elected chair of the ICA London’s council.

Emma Rice, the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, will leave her position in 2018. According to the Globe’s press release, the theater’s board concluded that its programming “should be structured around ‘shared light’ productions without designed sound and light rigging, which characterized a large body of The Globe’s work prior to Emma’s appointment.”

Patrizia Asproni, the head of the Turin Museum Foundation, resigned following a spat with Turin’s new mayor, Chiara Appendino.

Helen Wewiora was appointed director of Castlefield Gallery.

Michael Wellen was appointed curator of international art at the Tate.

Aimee Marcereau DeGalan was appointed senior curator of European art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Vasif Kortun, the director of research and programs at SALT, will retire early next year according to ArtAsiaPacific.

Geneva Griswold was appointed associate objects conservator at the Seattle Art Museum [via email announcement].

Nancy Sackson was appointed chief philanthropy officer at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Lauren B. Stakias was appointed director of institutional advancement at the Morgan Library and Museum.

Lanya Snyder was appointed assistant curator at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The Canadian Photography Institute opened its new galleries at the National Gallery of Canada.

Galerie Perrotin will open a new space in Tokyo early next year.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens opened the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing.

The Neuberger Museum of Art opened Neuberger Museum of Art Space | 42,  a new site in Manhattan dedicated to public art.

Andrea Popowich will open a new Madison Avenue space named Meislin Projects on November 10.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art unveiled renderings for two possible locations; Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego launched a capital campaign to raise $75 million for an expansion of its La Jolla facility.

Accolades

Installation view of Anicka Yi’s “7,070,430K of Digital Spit,” Kunsthalle Basel, Basel 2015 (courtesy 47 Canal, New York, and Kunsthalle Basel, photo by Philipp Hänger)

Anicka Yi was awarded the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize.

Paul Beatty became the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan was awarded the 2016 Nam June Paik Award.

The second annual Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prizes were awarded to Mary E. Buser and Idra Novey. Buser was awarded the non-fiction prize for Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail, while Novey won the fiction prize for her debut novel Ways to Disappear.

Megan Seres and Johannes Reinhart were awarded the 2016 Moran Prizes for portraiture and photography, respectively.

Derrick Adams was awarded the 2016 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize.

Eric Wesley was awarded the 2016 Artisti per Frescobaldi Award.

Miguel A. Lopez was awarded Independent Curators International’s 2016 Independent Vision Curatorial Award.

Grace Farms was awarded the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

Obituaries

A cover from 'Preacher,' with art by Steve Dillon (image courtesy DC Entertainment)
A cover from ‘Preacher,’ with art by Steve Dillon (image courtesy DC Entertainment)

Sandra Lee Bartky (1935–2016), feminist philosopher.

Robert Bateman (1936–2016), Motown musician.

Pete Burns (1959–2016), singer and songwriter. Founder of Dead or Alive.

Jack T. Chick (1924–2016), religious cartoonist.

Kevin Curran (1957–2016), writer. Best known for his work on The Simpsons.

Howard Davies (1945–2016), theatre director.

Steve Dillon (1962–2016), comic book artist.

Tom Doyle (1928–2016), sculptor.

Angus Grant (1967–2016), musician. Member of Shooglenifty.

Nicole Haran (1969–2016), co-founder of the Barefoot Theater Company. Creator of the web series Ocean Parkway.

Jane Harker (1920–2016), film and theater publicist.

Marwan (1934–2016), painter.

Edgar Munhall (1933–2016), first curator of the Frick Collection.

Richard Nicoll (1977–2016), fashion designer.

Lucia Perillo (1958–2016), poet.

Bobby Vee (1943–2016), pop singer.

Ken Wiwa (1968–2016), journalist, author, and environmental campaigner.

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