Art Movements

This week in art news: President Trump proposed to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, a London gallery was evicted over its far-right agenda, and artist Zwelethu Mthethwa was convicted of murder.

George Stubbs, “Two Hacks” (1789), oil painting on panel, 21 1/2 x 29 in (courtesy The Parker Gallery)

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

As anticipated, President Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget calls for the complete elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH). The budget also proposes the elimination of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The College Art Association published an “Arts and Humanities Advocacy Toolkit” in response to the anticipated budget earlier this month.

LD50 Gallery, the London art space accused of supporting a racist, far-right agenda, has been evicted from its premises according to a statement by the Shut Down LD50 Campaign.

The Western Cape High Court found Zwelethu Mthethwa guilty of the murder of sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo. The artist is to be sentenced on March 29.

Art dealer Archie Parker plans to sell “Two Hacks,” a painting recently attributed to George Stubbs at the British Antique Dealers Association fair in London. The work, which was thought to be a copy after the artist, was deaccessioned by the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. In a blog post, art historian Bendor Grosvenor described its sale as “one of the biggest deaccessioning blunders of modern times.” Parker purchased the work at Christie’s for a hammer price of $175,000.

Olafur Eliasson, “Little Sun Diamond” (2017)

Olafur Eliasson unveiled a new solar-powered mini lamp named the “Little Sun Diamond.” It is the third design created by Eliasson for people without access to reliable energy.

The Australian Department of Treasury launched an investigation into security firm Building Risks International Pty. Limited following accusations that it underpaid guards at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Utah’s House and Senate voted to designate Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” and ancient rock art as official state works of art.

Austrian investigators recovered 67 paintings, including works by Oskar Kokoschka and Koloman Moser, that were stolen from a private collection in Vienna-Hietzing in 2014.

A discovery by the Art Loss Register led to the recovery of eight paintings stolen from a home in Denmark in 2000.

Tunisian authorities arrested a group of suspects in connection with the attempted smuggling of a 15th-century, 121-foot Torah scroll.

The Italian group 100% Animalisti dumped 88 pounds of animal excrement outside Venice’s Palazzo Grassi in protest over an upcoming exhibition by Damien Hirst. On its website, the group described the exhibition as “an insult to a city of art, of REAL art.”

German police raided Julian Charrière‘s studio after learning that he possessed a cannon. The artist built the air cannon, which is designed to shoot a single coconut, for the Antarctic Biennale.

Catherine Pégard, the director of Versailles‘s contemporary art program, announced that the palace will host a group show in the fall as opposed to exhibiting the work of a single artist.

ShowGrow, a gallery space and cannabis dispensary, opened in Los Angeles.


Antonio Lopez, “Missoni” (1984), watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 20 x 15 in (courtesy the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos)

El Museo del Barrio acquired 47 works from the Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos.

Eleanor “Ellie” Cheney donated a painting by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka ‘Grandma Moses’) to the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts.

The German government allocated €3.4 million (~$3.6 million) towards provenance research in response to the ongoing controversy over Cornelius Gurlitt’s art collection.

The LUMA Foundation acquired the archives of Annie Leibovitz.

The Victoria & Albert Museum acquired a Pussyhat worn at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, on January 21 as part of its Rapid Response Collection.

(courtesy Victoria & Albert Museum)


Wendy Fisher was elected to succeed Jennifer Blei Stockman as president of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s board of trustees.

Hendrikje Crebolder was appointed to the Rijksmuseum’s board of directors.

Patrick Moore was appointed director of the Andy Warhol Museum.

Georgina Jackson was appointed director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Ireland.

Claudia Dillmann will step down as director of Frankfurt’s Deutsche Filmmuseum in September.

Chad Alligood was appointed chief curator of American art at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Ghislain d’Humières stepped down as CEO of the Speed Art Museum.

Brooke Davis Anderson stepped down as executive director of Prospect New Orleans and will take up the directorship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Miety Heiden was appointed deputy chairman and head of private sales at Phillips.

Sotheby’s opened a new gallery and office in Dubai.

The UK’s National Trust opened a new conservation studio at Knole House in Kent.

The estate of artist and art dealer Betty Parsons is now represented by Alexander Gray Associates.

Sandra Gering Inc. will close at the end of July. The gallery first opened in Soho in 1991.

Manhattan art supply store A.I. Friedman will close on April 30.

The Dog Museum of America plans to relocate to New York City within a year.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago named its restaurant ‘Marisol’ after the late sculptor Marisol Escobar.


Gala Porras-Kim, “For Learning Zapotec Verbs” (2012), wood, pencil, paper, wire, found rocks, 50 x 37.5 x 2.5 in (courtesy Artadia)

Kahlil Joseph and Gala Porras-Kim received the 2017 Los Angeles Artadia Award.

The Sharjah Biennial Prize was awarded to Dineo Seshee Bopape, İnci Eviner, Uriel Orlow, and Walid Siti. An additional prize was awarded to the late Ali Jabri and is dedicated to the conservation of his work.

Dineo Seshee Bopape also won the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.

Jennie C. Jones received the Rose Art Museum’s 2017 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award.


Fiora Corradetti Contino (1925–2017), opera maestra.

Henri Cueco (1929–2017), painter and writer.

Christopher Gray (1950–2017), architecture writer and researcher.

Alf Lechner (1925–2017), sculptor.

Marian Lindkvist (1919–2017), drama and movement therapist.

Tommy LiPuma (1936–2017), record producer and music executive.

Jay Lynch (1945–2017), artist, writer, and satirist. Key figure of the underground comics scene during the 1960s and ’70s.

Kurt Moll (1938–2017), bass singer.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965–2017), children’s author and filmmaker.

Joni Sledge (1956–2017), singer and songwriter. Member of Sister Sledge.

Geoff Wainwright (1937–2017), archaeologist.

Robert James Waller (1939–2017), writer. Author of The Bridges of Madison County (1992).

Jay Lynch (Jay Lynch Collection, courtesy the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum)
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