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This week in art news: cultural organizations spoke out against President Trump’s travel ban, art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad opposed the nomination of Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education, and the Library of Congress digitized 20,000 items from the papers of Sigmund Freud.

Postcard of the Statue of Liberty sent by Sigmund Freud to his wife, Martha Bernays Freud, August 30, 1909. It was sent by Freud on his only trip to the United States, where he delivered a series of lectures on psychoanalysis at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. (courtesy Library of Congress)

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

A number of cultural groups and organizations issued statements condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, among them the Getty, the American Alliance of Museums, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Guardian highlighted the plight of a number of artists whose work and activities have been impacted by the president’s executive order, including Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, sculptor Shahpour Pouyan, and musician Rahim AlHaj.

Art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad wrote an open letter to US senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education.

The Library of Congress digitized 20,000 items from the papers of Sigmund Freud. (A PDF documenting the collection can be downloaded here.)

A federal judge ruled that Glafira Rosales, the Long Island art dealer involved in the Knoedler forgery scandal, will not serve any further jail time.

Anish Kapoor, “I like America and America doesn’t like Me” (2017) (via Instagram/@dirty_corner)

Anish Kapoor created a new work, “I like America and America doesn’t like Me” (2017), in response to the Trump administration’s policies. The poster’s title refers to Joseph Beuys’s seminal 1974 performance, “I Like America and America Likes Me.”

Bailiffs removed  a group of squatters from an unoccupied, £15–million (~$18.8 million) property in West London. A group of activists, the Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians (ANAL) entered the property on January 23 in order to make it available to the homeless. The Grade II-listed building belongs to Russian oligarch Andrey Goncharenko. The BBC’s art editor, Will Gompertz, opined that ANAL’s action belongs to a long tradition of arts activism: “Is there a huge difference between any of them [Assemble — the winners of the 2015 Turner Prize] and Anal? I don’t think so. Will they be shortlisted for the 2017 Turner Prize in Hull? I doubt it. But it’s not impossible.”

The Stop Trump Coalition pledged to stage “one of the biggest demonstrations in British history” in protest the president’s proposed state visit to the UK. A petition opposing a state visit has been signed by over 1.8 million people, making it the second-most popular petition on the government’s website.

Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, pledged to dedicate more shows to female artists, a decision he attributes to conversations with the Guerrilla Girls.

The only known photograph of René Magritte’s “La Pose Enchantée” (1927). The image was included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné (courtesy Norwich Castle)

Norwich Castle decided not to physically remove a section of a lost René Magritte work that was discovered beneath another of the artist’s paintings. A section of Magritte’s “La Pose Enchantée” (“The Enchanted Pose”) was discovered underneath “La Condition Humaine” (“The Human Condition”) last year. It is thought that the artist cut the former painting into four sections in order to reuse the canvas. If this is the case, curators have yet to locate the fourth and final section of the work.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry announced the commission of a statue dedicated to Princess Diana.

New York City launched One Book, One New York, a program that aims to encourage New Yorkers to read the same book together.

Suphat Saquandeekul, Thailand’s deputy director of the office of intellectual property, resigned after stealing three paintings worth $125 from a hotel in Kyoto, Japan.

An unknown individual placed a fake exhibition label beside a fire extinguisher and other innocuous infrastructural items at the Centre Pompidou.

Transactions

Kara Walker, “40 Acres of Mules” (2015), charcoal on three sheets of paper, acquired through the generosity of Candace King Weir, Agnes Gund, and Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine Farley (© 2016 Kara Walker, photo courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London)

The Museum of Modern Art published a list of its recent acquisitions as part of its 2015–16 annual report. The list includes works by Bruce Conner, Laura Poitras, Avery Singer, James Turrell, and Kara Walker.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquired 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta. The acquisition includes works by Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver, Annie Mae Young, and Purvis Young.

The Toledo Museum of Art acquired Dan Dailey’s “Orbit” (1987).

The Thompson Family Foundation donated $10 million to the Museum of the City of New York.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired Random International’s “Rain Room.”

The Dia Art Foundation acquired six works by Anne Truitt.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens acquired a 10-volume edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir (1916–24) that incorporates 260 original photographs, most by Herbert W. Gleason (1855–1937).

Herbert W. Gleason, “A Snow-Banner” (ca 1911), platinum print in William Frederic Badè’s The Writings of John Muir, The Mountains of California, pt 1, vol 4, Houghton Mifflin Co, New York (1916–24) (© and courtesy the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)

Transitions

Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard was elected chair of the Frick Collection’s board of trustees.

Ari Wiseman stepped down as the deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

Douglas Dreishpoon was appointed director and editor of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s upcoming catalogue raisonné.

Mark Holcomb was appointed interim executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum.

Esther Bell was appointed senior curator of the Clark Art Institute.

Cindy Kang was appointed assistant curator at the Barnes Foundation, the first such appointment in the Foundation’s history [via email announcement].

Paul Jackson was appointed communications director of the New Museum.

Martijn Pronk was appointed Head of Digital Communication at the Van Gogh Museum.

Kate Lewis was named chief conservator of the Museum of Modern Art’s conservation center and department.

Sotheby’s appointed David Schrader, a managing director at J.P. Morgan, as head of private sales for contemporary art.

Phillips appointed Clarice Pecori Giraldi as its regional director for Italy.

Phillips appointed Dina Amin as its senior director and head of the twentieth-century and contemporary art department, Europe.

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) elected a new executive committee.

The Saatchi Gallery launched a new commercial space named Salon.

The Humber Street Gallery opened in Hull.

Joyce Liu and Ivan Pun joined the board of Performa, and Richard Chang was named as its new president.

Accolades

Nari Ward, “We the People” (2011), shoelaces, 96 x 324 inches, collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia and the Speed Art Museum, Louisville. Gift of the Speed Contemporary 2016 (courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong)

John Akomfrah was awarded the Artes Mundi 7 Prize.

Nari Ward received the 2017 Vilcek Prize for the Arts. The Vilcek Foundation also awarded prizes to Iman Issa, Meleko Mokgosi, and Carlos Motta.

Annette Lemieux was awarded the 2017 Maud Morgan Prize.

Pioneer Works announced its 2017 residents.

Opportunities

Art F City is seeking commission pitches from artists and writers affected by President Trump’s policies. Submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the subject heading “Fuck Donald Trump.”

Smack Mellon launched an open call for its summer group exhibition, Race and Revolution: Still Separate — Still Unequal.

Obituaries

Saloua Raouda Choucair, “Self Portrait” (1943) (© Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation)

Dore Ashton (1928–2017), art historian and critic.

Philip Cannon (1929–2016), composer.

Alexander Chancellor (1940–2017), writer and editor.

Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916–2017), painter and sculptor.

John Hurt (1940–2017), actor.

Masaya Nakamura (1925–2017), toy and game entrepreneur. Producer of Pac-Man.

Lennart Nilsson (1922–2017), photographer. Best known for his images of human fetuses and embryos.

Paul Ornstein (1924–2017), psychoanalyst and Holocaust survivor.

Charles Recher (1950–2017), artist.

Chuck Stewart (1927–2017), photographer.

Emma Tennant (1937–2017), novelist.

John Wetton (1949–2017), bass player, vocalist and songwriter. Early member of King Crimson.

Max Wilcox (1928–2017), record producer.

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