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This week in art news: Artworks attributed to Modigliani were confiscated after being deemed fake, Spanish police recovered three stolen Francis Bacon paintings, and researchers claimed to detect particles indicative of torture on the Turin Shroud.

McDermott & McGough, “Sale of Oscar Wilde’s household effects at Tite Street” (courtesy the artists)

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Columbia University settled a lawsuit with Paul Nungesser, the student accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz. The artist received national coverage for her senior thesis project project “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight,” in which she carried her dorm room mattress on campus at all times. Nungesser, who was cleared of responsibility by a university disciplinary panel, sued Columbia after it awarded Sulkowicz an academic credit for her project.

A community garden in London was named in memory of Khadija Saye. The artist and her mother Mary Mendy were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14.

Authorities in Genoa confiscated 21 works attributed to Amedeo Modigliani after confirming that several of the paintings were likely inauthentic. Carlo Pepi, an art critic and collector, filed a complaint with the Carabinieri art fraud unit after expressing doubts about works featured in the show’s publicity materials.

Artist duo McDermott & McGough (David McDermott and Peter McGough) will unveil the Oscar Wilde Temple, an installation dedicated to the writer and to victims of homophobia and transphobia, at the Church of the Village in New York in September.

Hicham Aboutaam, the owner of Phoenix Ancient Art, is suing The Wall Street Journal. The antiquities dealer asserts that the paper damaged his reputation by identifying him in connection with an investigation into artifacts that may have been looted by ISIS. Aboutaam denies handling stolen antiquities. A spokesperson for The Journal defended the paper’s report, describing the article as “thoroughly reported, fair and wholly accurate.”

Rotem Bides, an art student and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, admitted removing objects from Auschwitz for her graduation project.

(via barbican.org.uk)

Penguin unveiled a set of limited-edition books with covers inspired by the Brutalist architecture of the Barbican Centre and Estate in London.

Torrential rain damaged works by Nicolas Poussin and Jean François de Troy at the Louvre.

Flooding at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house toppled Jacques Lipchitz’s renowned sculpture “Mother and Child I.” The work is currently being assessed for damage.

A Manhattan judge rejected Richard Prince, Larry Gagosian, and the Gagosian Gallery’s request to dismiss photographer Donald Graham‘s copyright infringement lawsuit.

Spanish police recovered three of five Francis Bacon paintings stolen from the home of José Capelo — a friend of the artist’s. Burglars broke into Capelo’s Madrid residence in 2015, stealing the paintings as well as a safe containing jewels.

The Whitney Museum unveiled new online works by Addie Wagenknecht and Lorna Mills.

Nonprofit VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) published its Summer 2017 issue, an edition dedicated to media art preservation.

Over 1,000 Oklahoma public school teachers accepted the offer of a free annual membership from the Philbrook Museum of Art. Scott Stulen, the museum’s director, described the initiative as a “small effort (that) perfectly aligns with our commitment to lifelong learning, community engagement and providing access to all.”

Due to anticipated demand, the Broad museum plans to release all of its advance tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at noon on September 1.

Researchers from the Institute of Crystallography claimed to have found traces of creatinine and ferritin — substances typically found in the blood of individuals who have suffered intense physical harm or torture — in samples taken from the Turin Shroud. Various popes have refrained from officially endorsing the garment as the cloth that Jesus of Nazareth was wrapped in and buried with. Previous radiocarbon tests have dated the shroud to the Middle Ages.

The owners of Louis Kahn’s Point Counterpoint II will meet with officials and activists in Kingston, New York, to potentially secure a new site for the architect’s floating performance space.

Prague City Hall announced plans to establish “a park of fallen monuments” for statues and sculptures that are considered poor quality, obsolete, or controversial.

Barney Smith, the owner of the Toilet Seat Art Museum, is accepting blind bids for the purchase of his collection.

Transactions

An Unpublished work by Vivian Maier (courtesy University of Chicago, © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier, all rights reserved)

John Maloof donated almost 500 prints by Vivian Maier to the University of Chicago Library.

Younes and Soraya Sarah Nazarian donated $17 million to the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, the Hepworth Wakefield, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park) secured £750,000 in funding for the establishment of the Yorkshire Sculpture International, an international sculpture triennial.

Agnes Gund donated $500,000 to the Parrish Art Museum for a new fund dedicated to social justice.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery received two grants totaling $160,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art. The grants will support the upcoming exhibition The Imagist Object: New Dimensions in Chicago Art, 1964–1980.

Transitions

Damien Hirst, “Verity” (2012), Ilfracombe, England (via Flickr/Richard Allaway)

The Orange County Museum of Art appointed eight new trustees.

Kevin Gavagan was appointed chair of the George Eastman Museum’s board of trustees.

J. Edward Barth was appointed chair of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s board of trustees.

Jonathan L. Fairbanks retired as director of the Fuller Craft Museum.

Michael Auping retired as chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Elliot Gruber was appointed director of the National Postal Museum.

Heather Rumfelt was appointed assistant director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

Paul Bowers was appointed director of exhibitions and collections at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Artists Cauleen Smith and Martine Syms were appointed to teaching positions at the California Institute of Arts.

Manuela Mozo was appointed director of the Untitled art fair.

Baltimore Clayworks is set to close after its board of directors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The nonprofit ceramic art center, which has operated for 37 years, faces debts of over $1 million.

Damien Hirst closed his Other Criteria gallery space and store in Ilfracombe, Devon. The town is also home to the 11 The Quay — a restaurant owned by Hirst — as well as “Verity,” a 20.25-meter-tall sculpture on loan for a 20-year period. Hirst plans to relaunch the space as a bookstore.

New York’s Off Vendome gallery will close at the end of the month.

Istanbul’s Rampa gallery closed.

Accolades

Cindy Cheng was awarded the 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation awarded $50,000 grants to eight visual arts journalists as part of a new annual cycle of grants.

Wim Wenders received the 2017 Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness on Cultural Heritage.

Obituaries

Charles McGill, “Territories” (2015), reconfigured golf bag parts on wood panel, 48 inch diameter (courtesy Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York)

Wm. Theodore de Barry (1919–2017), sinologist.

Daniel LeRue Johnson (1938–2017), artist.

Anne Lahumière (1935–2017), gallerist.

Martin Landau (1928–2017), actor. Best known for his roles in Ed Wood (1994) and the Mission Impossible television series (1968–1973).

Charles McGill (1964–2017), sculptor.

George A. Romero (1940–2017), film director and father of the Zombie genre.

Raymond Sackler (1920–2017), medicinal products entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Miranda Strickland-Constable (unconfirmed–2017), curator.

Christopher Wong Won (1964–2017), rapper. Founder of 2 Live Crew.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated authorities had confiscated works attributed to Modigliani in Venice. This is incorrect; the works were in Genoa. This has been amended. 

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