Michael O’Brien, “Donald Trump” (1989, printed 2011), inkjet print, 17 3/16 x 17 5/8 inches, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (© Michael O’Brien)

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

Hyperallergic will be closed on inauguration day as part of the #J20 Art Strike.

According to The Hill, staffers on president-elect Trump’s transition team have indicated their plans to completely eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Michael O’Brien‘s 1989 photographic portrait of Donald Trump was put on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Wilbur Ross, Donald Trump’s choice for Commerce Secretary, disclosed assets worth over $336 Million. Ross’s federal financial disclosure statement valued his art collection — which includes a number of René Magritte paintings — at over $50 million.

The Amplifier Foundation raised over $1.3 million on Kickstarter (vastly surpassing its $60,000 goal) to distribute posters designed by Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena on inauguration day.

The Knockdown Center’s Nasty Women exhibition raised over $50,000 for nonprofit groups dedicated to women’s rights.

Heather Phillipson, “THE END” (photo © James O Jenkins, courtesy the artist)

The shortlist for London’s next Fourth Plinth project was announced. The artists include Huma Bhabha, Damián Ortega, Heather Phillipson, Michael Rakowitz, and the Raqs Media Collective.

Russian dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner, Oksana Shalygina, are seeking asylum in France after an actress accused the pair of sexual assault. The couple have denied the allegations, claiming that the sexual encounter was consensual and that the allegation is politically motivated.

Antiquities dealer Phoenix Ancient Art filed a lawsuit against the J. Paul Getty Museum after it was allegedly shut out of a multimillion dollar acquisition deal with the Torlonia family that fell through.

Calls to charge and restrict access to the Spanish Steps in Rome was met with severe criticism. Paolo Bulgari, the president of the eponymous jewelry company, stated that access to the steps should be controlled. The company recently paid €1.5m (~$1.6 million) towards the site’s restoration.

Auctionata Paddle8  filed for insolvency.

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to landmark the lobby and Ambassador Grill of One UN New York Hotel (formerly the United Nations Plaza Hotel).

A felt suit created by Joseph Beuys will be placed in a nitrogen chamber for six weeks after staff at the Neue Galerie in Kassel discovered it was invested with moths.

An abstract work of art made from an Oxford University rejection letter went viral after being posted on Twitter. 18-year-old Claudia Vulliamy made the work after her application to study classics at Wadham College was rejected. “I hadn’t set my heart on Oxford, I’m happy I got an offer from Durham” Vulliamy told the BBC.

The heirs of the original owner of Wilfredo Lam‘s “Sin Titulo (Suenos Arcabes)” or “Untitled,” received an undisclosed settlement from the painting’s current owner following claims that the work was confiscated in the wake of the Cuban revolution.

The file-transfer service, WeTransfer, announced that it will offer U.S. “creative arts student[s]” a free premium account for one year.


Vilhelm Hammershøi, “Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen)” (1910), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (photo by NGC)

The National Gallery of Canada acquired Vilhelm Hammershøi’s “Sunshine in the Drawing Room (Solskin i dagligstuen)” (1910).

The National Library of Israel acquired the Valmadonna Trust Library, a collection of over 10,000 Hebrew books and manuscripts.

The Boston Athenæum acquired the Richard W. Cheek World War II Graphic Arts Collection. The gift is comprised of over 2,000 posters and maps, 4,000 magazines, 189 linear feet of books, and approximately 6,500 pieces of ephemera.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art acquired Toyen’s (Marie Čermínová) “The Message of the Forest” (1936) with the support of the Walton Fund and Art Fund.

Susee and James Wiechmann donated 500 works by painter and lithographer Jules Chéret to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Jules Chéret, “Les Girard” (1879), lithograph, promised Gift of James and Susee Wiechmann (courtesy the Milwaukee Art Museum)

The Washington Post reported that Jeff Bezos purchased the former Textile Museum building in Washington, DC for $23 million in cash. The 27,000 square-foot property is the largest single home in the city.

Saudi Arabia donated €5 million (~$5.3 million) towards the renovation of the Arab World Institute in Paris.

The Cincinnati Art Museum acquired 800 17th–18th century Japanese prints from the late Joel Weisman and his wife Bernice Weisman.

Sweden’s Nationalmuseum acquired three landscape oil paintings by Pierre Henri de Valenciennes and Simon Denis.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art acquired a photograph of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration attributed to the Scottish-American photographer Alexander Gardner (1821–1882).

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired Romare Bearden’s “Three Folk Musicians” (1967) [via email announcement].

Romare Bearden, “Three Folk Musicians” (1967), collage of various papers with paint and graphite on canvas, 50 x 60 inches (© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)


Igor DaCosta was elected chair of the Andy Warhol Foundation‘s board of trustees. The Foundation also announced the appointment of three new board members: Paul Ha, Ruby Lerner, and Anne Pasternak.

Jorge Daniel Veneciano resigned as director of the Museum of Arts and Design after only five months in the position. Andi Potamkin Blackmore and Simon Bolton were appointed to the museum’s board of trustees.

Labour MP Tristram Hunt was appointed director of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

David Gaimster was appointed director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Jutta-Annette Page was appointed executive director of the Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University.

Travis Chamberlain was appointed managing director of Queer|Art.

Erika Holmquist-Wall will succeed Scott Erbes as chief curator of the Speed Museum of Art.

Fionn Meade resigned as artistic director of the Walker Art Center.

The Swiss Institute promoted Laura McLean-Ferris to the position of curator.

The Studio Museum in Harlem appointed Connie H. Choi as associate curator of the permanent collection.

Marc Porter was appointed chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division.

Vanessa Hallett was promoted to deputy chairman, Americas at Phillips.

Alfred Maurer, “Nocturne, Paris” (nd), oil on board, 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches (courtesy Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)

The City of Paris announced plans for a €300 million (~$320 million), 15-year renovation of the Eiffel Tower.

The billboards at Piccadilly Circus in London were switched off for renovations.

The Pompidou Centre is to undergo a €100 million (~$107 million) renovation between 2018–20.

Paris’s La Maison Rouge will permanently close at the end of next year.

The Lower Manhattan gallery Essex Street moved to its new space at 55 Hester Street.

Christopher Stout Gallery changed its name to ADO Project (Art During the Occupation) after becoming a nonprofit organization.

Marianne Boesky announced plans to open ‘Boesky West,’ a new space in Aspen, Colorado.

Jonathan Levine Gallery will close its Chelsea space and relocate to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.


Marguerite Humeau was awarded the Zurich Art Prize.

The World Photography Organisation announced that it will award its 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award to Martin Parr.


John Levee, “September III” (1957) (courtesy Galerie 53)

James S. Ackerman (1919–2016), art and architecture historian.

Tommy Allsup (1931–2017), guitarist.

William Peter Blatty (1928–2017), writer. Best known for The Exorcist (1971).

Loalwa Braz (1953–2017), singer and songwriter.

Babette Cole (1950–2017), writer and illustrator.

Laurent Danchin (1946–2017), writer and art critic.

Buddy Greco (1926–2017), singer and jazz pianist.

John Levee (1924–2017), abstract expressionist painter.

William Onyeabor (1946–2017), musician.

Roberta Peters (1930–2017), soprano.

Lord Snowdon (1930–2017), photographer. Ex-husband of Princess Margaret.

Kevin Starr (1940–2017), historian. Author of Americans and the California Dream.

Martha Swope (1928–2017), photographer.

Zhou Youguang (1906–2017), the “father of Pinyin,” a system for the romanization of Mandarin Chinese.

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