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This week in art news: unknown sketches by Giacometti were discovered, two members of Pussy Riot were detained by Russian police, and previously withheld documents related to JFK’s assassination were made public.

A pencil sketch newly attributed to Alberto Giacometti. The work was authenticated by the Giacometti Foundation and added to the artist’s catalogue raisonné. (courtesy Cheffins)

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Drawings attributed to Alberto Giacometti were recovered from the collection of the late antiques dealer Eila Grahame. The sketches, which were made on both sides of a single sheet of paper, will be sold on October 12 at Cheffins auction house, with all proceeds donated to the Art Fund.

Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Olga Borisova were detained by Russian police after staging a protest in support of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

The National Archives of the United States began to publish previously withheld documents from the JFK Assassination Records Collection. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 states that the National Archives and Records Administration must publish any previously withheld records from the collection by October 26, 2017 — unless it is authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States.

India appears to have blocked access to the Internet Archive (aka the Internet Wayback Machine).

The National Trust U-turned on its decision to bar volunteers who refused to wear rainbow gay pride badges to mark 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK.

Members of Norman Rockwell’s family denounced the Berkshire Museum’s plans to deaccession works by the artist.

Marina Abramovic reconciled with her former collaborator and lover Ulay, following a talk at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Ulay sued Abramovic for contract violation in 2015, and was later granted back-dated royalties and full accreditation for jointly created works by a Dutch court last year.

Art dealer Archie Parker acquired a painting that he believes is a self-portrait of Joseph Wright of Derby. Parker made headlines in March after he purchased a painting deaccessioned by the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The work was later identified as the work of George Stubbs.

Zippo lighter (1970), New-York Historical Society, gift of John Monsky

The New-York Historical Society will present The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 — a “chronological and thematic narrative” of the conflict told with over 300 objects — in October.

Tristram Hunt, the director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, tweeted an apology to a visitor who was asked to cover up while breastfeeding.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will debut a new commission by Julie Mehretu on Labor Day weekend.

Vogue commissioned Annie Leibovitz, Inez and Vinoodh, Bruce Weber, and John Currin to produce covers featuring Hollywood actor Jennifer Lawrence.

Christie’s will sell a number of works from the Museum of Modern Art‘s photography holdings next year. According to a museum spokesperson, the majority of the works are duplicates. The sales will go toward the department’s acquisition fund.

Robert M. Rubin, the former director of the Centre Pompidou, wrote an op-ed for Le Monde calling Jeff Koons’s sculpture for the city of Paris “a poisoned gift.”

The National Portrait Gallery filed a formal objection to the National Gallery’s expansion plans, arguing that the proposed addition would obscure the London skyline for its restaurant patrons.

Artist Pope.L (aka William Pope.L) launched a Kickstarter for Flint Water Project, “an art installation, a performance and an intervention” that calls attention to Flint’s contaminated water crisis.

Thieves posing as city employees stole about a dozen works by the street artist Invader (real name Franck Slama) in Paris.

The New York Public Library‘s Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalog Room acquired landmark status.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s online collection has seen a 17% traffic increase since the museum launched its open access initiative. The Met made over 375,000 images available under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, 90% of which have been uploaded to Wikimedia commons so far.

The George Eastman Museum launched the Technicolor Online Research Archive, a resource of over 40,000 documents from the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (1914–1955).

Transactions

Judy Chicago addresses a gathering of volunteers in the Dinner Party studio (ca 1978) (photo by Amy Meadow, courtesy National Museum of Women in the Arts)

The National Museum of Women in the Arts announced the creation of the Judy Chicago Visual Archive — a repository of photographs and ephemera spanning the artist’s career.

The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs designated $2,997,120 to art-based activities as part of its 2017–2018 Cultural Grant Program.

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced a three-year partnership with the First Nations Development Institute. The Institute will match $2.1 million in funding from the NEH for 12 immersive Native-language programs a year.

The Williams College Museum of Art announced a promised gift of over 340 objects of African art from Drs. Carolyn and Eli Newberger.

The Chocolate Factory acquired a new space at 38-29 24th Street in Long Island City, Queens. The $3.8 million purchase was administered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Transitions

Beatriz Salinas Marambio was appointed director of the the National Center for Contemporary Art Cerrillos, Chile.

John McKinnon was appointed executive director of the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Meg Hagyard was appointed interim director of the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

Noelle Foye announced her retirement as executive director of the New Bedford Art Museum.

Amanda Donnan was appointed curator of the Frye Art Museum.

Erin M. Greenwald was appointed curator of programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Jared Ledesma was appointed assistant curator at the Des Moines Art Center.

Brenda Blount was appointed director of development at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

Writer (and Hyperallergic contributor) John Seed ended his HuffingtonPost art blog.

W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) launched its new website.

Accolades

Zack Ingram, “There Ain’t the People,” screenprint on glass (via bigmedium.org)

Zack Ingram was awarded the inaugural Tito’s Prize.

Pam Tanowitz was awarded the 2017 Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Cage Cunningham Fellowship.

The Corning Museum of Glass awarded its 32nd Rakow Commission to Dr. Karlyn Sutherland.

Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar were awarded Battersea Power Station’s inaugural Powerhouse sculpture commission.

BRIC announced the recipients of its new ArtFP commission.

Smack Mellon announced its 2017-2018 Hot Picks Artists.

Obituaries

Arlene Gottfried, “Summer Afternoon” (1985), vintage 11 x 14 in cibachrome (© Arlene Gottfried, courtesy Daniel Cooney Fine Art)

Claudio Abate (1943–2017),  photographer.

Glen Campbell (1936–2017), singer, songwriter, and musician.

Ann Walker Gaffney (unconfirmed–2017), artist and preservationist.

Arlene Gottfried (1950–2017), photographer.

Daniel Licht (1957–2017), composer.

Hashem El Madani (1928–2017), photographer.

Haruo Nakajima (1929–2017), first actor to play Godzilla.

Alan Peckolick (1940–2017), logo designer.

Martin Roth (1955–2017), former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bobby Taylor (1939–2017), soul singer. Secured a contract for the Jackson 5.

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