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This week in art news: the director of the Louvre revealed he’s negotiating for a loan of “Salvator Mundi,” Egypt accused a 95-year-old Australian woman of looting antiquities, and a federal judge refused to release a Gardner Museum heist person of interest from domestic confinement.

Jusepe de Ribera, “Studies of the Nose and Mouth” (c.1622), etching, 14 x 21.6 cm, British Museum (photo by British Museum, © The Trustees of the British Museum)

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The Louvre’s president and director Jean-Luc Martinez revealed that he is in talks with the owner/owners of “Salvator Mundi” to exhibit the work at the museum.

Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce accused 95-year-old Joan Howard, the wife of Australia’s former ambassador to Egypt, of looting archaeological sites during her husband’s diplomatic trips.

A federal judge refused to release Robert Gentile from home confinement. The 82-year-old mobster remains a person of interest in the investigation into the Gardner museum heist.

Ribera: Art of Violence, the first-ever UK show of Jusepe de Ribera’s (1591–1652) work, will open at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 26 September, 2018. The Spanish Baroque artist is known for his intensely graphic depictions of martyrdom and torture.

Curator Yanelys Nuñez Leyva and her partner, the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, were detained by Cuban police after the pair filed a complaint related to Alcántara’s detention earlier last month.

The mayor of Düsseldorf, Thomas Geisel, is facing international criticism for cancelling Max Stern: From Dusseldorf to Montreal, an exhibition tracing the eponymous art collector’s persecution by the Nazis and the restitution of works from his collection.

Two collaborating art collectives, Pusat Sekitar Seni and Population Project, withdrew from the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Biennale after learning that their work was confiscated by the authorities.

A group of 28 academics and art industry figures signed a letter to The Times urging UK museums to cease charging fees for photographs of artworks that have passed out of copyright.

550 Madison Avenue (via Wikipedia)

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will calendar an application to landmark the exterior of 550 Madison Avenue. The building, which was completed in 1984, was designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. The LPC’s decision comes less than a month after Snøhetta unveiled a redesign for the building’s facade.

MCH Group, the parent company of Art Basel, settled its lawsuit with Adidas over the sportswear company’s use of the art fair’s trademark for an edition of 1,000 sneakers.

The 57th Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva, was the most attended in the Biennale’s history. Over 615,ooo people visited the exhibition over the course of its six-month run.

The European Union excluded the UK from its European Capital of Culture award following the EU Referendum and ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Fritz Koenig’s “The Sphere” was formally unveiled at Liberty Park beside the World Trade Center site. The sculpture, though severely battered, remained standing in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The relocation of the work follows years of campaigning by Michael Burke, who lost his brother — a firefighter — during the attacks.

Sheila Klein‘s public art sculpture “Vermonica” was removed from Santa Monica Boulevard, 24 years after it was first installed.

Banksy‘s “Looters” was restored by conservator and New Orleans local Elise Grenier.

Part of a 40-ton sculpture by artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla was accidentally dropped during its installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami‘s sculpture garden.

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for a flexible iPhone with a foldable display.

Transactions

Partial view of Samara Golden’s installation “The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes” (2017) at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (photo by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic)

The Whitney Museum of American Art acquired 32 artworks from its 2017 Biennial, including works by Deana Lawson, Cauleen Smith, Frances Stark, Henry Taylor, Samara Golden, and Anicka Yi.

The Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation committed $3 million each to the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative.

The McNay Art Museum acquired works by Benny Andrews, McArthur Binion, and Rashaad Newsome [via email announcement].

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science acquired over 6,000 Edmontosaurus bones, the largest donation of dinosaur fossils it has ever received.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art acquired Naum Gabo’s “Column” (1921–22).

A poster for Dracula (1931) was sold at Heritage Auctions for $535,800, a record for a movie poster at auction.

The Springfield Art Museum acquired Grant Wood’s “Fruits” and “Vegetables,” thereby attaining a complete set of the artist’s lithographs.

Grant Wood, “Vegetables” (1939), lithograph, collection of the Springfield Art Museum (© Copyright Estate of Grant Wood/Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Transitions

Annette Kulenkampff resigned as CEO of Documenta a year before her contract was due to end.

Axel Wieder was appointed director of the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway.

Michael Rips was appointed executive director of the Art Students League of New York.

Susan Faxon announced her retirement as associate director and curator of art before 1950 at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Frances Wu Giarratano was appointed director of exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts.

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University appointed Shoshana Resnikoff as curator.

Sotheby’s appointed August Uribe as vice chairman, Americas.

Catherine Opie was appointed to the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts’s board of directors.

Bradford Dennison Waywell was appointed director of Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art [via email announcement].

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, elected Sandra H. Hoffen and John Wilkerson to its board of trustees.

Dirty Looks appointed seven new members to its board: Joshua Alvarenga, Rhys Ernst, Andrew Gould, Jamillah James, Harry Vaughn, John Polly, and Justine Suzanne Jones.

The Courtauld Gallery will close for two years in order to undergo a $66 million renovation — the most significant overhaul since the gallery relocated to Somerset House in 1989.

Steve Lazarides will open a new gallery in Mayfair next month.

Meredith Rosen, the co-founder of Sargent’s Daughters, plans to open her own gallery next month.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a redesign for the Domino Sugar Refinery site.

Kathy Butterly and Grace Weaver are now represented by James Cohen gallery [via email announcement].

Kathy Butterly, “Solid Stand” (2016), clay and glaze, 5 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in (courtesy Kathy Butterly, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, and Asya Geisberg Gallery)

Accolades

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program announced its list of 2017 grantees.

The National YoungArts Foundation announced its 2018 YoungArts winners.

Anonymous Was A Women announced its 2017 award recipients: Nancy Bowen, Martha Diamond, Stefanie Jackson, Marisa Moran Jahn, Jennie C. Jones, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Amy Sherald, Michelle Stuart, and Carrie Yamaoka.

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists announced its 2018 Business Accelerator Program fellows.

Composer and musician Anna Webber became the first-ever recipient of the Canadian Women Artists’ Award.

Marlene Dumas was awarded the 11th Saxon Academy of the Arts’s Hans Theo Richter Prize for Drawing and Graphic Arts.

Li Ming received the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award.

Cathleen Chaffee was awarded the 2018 VIA Curatorial Fellowship grant.

Obituaries

Unity Spencer, “Self-Portrait” (1954) (courtesy of The Fine Art Society)

George Avakian (1919–2017), record producer and talent scout.

Jill Barklem (1951–2017), illustrator. Best known as the creator of the Brambly Hedge series.

Paul Brown (1960–2017), opera and theater designer.

Wayne Cochran (1939–2017), singer.

Peter Dovak (unconfirmed–2017), graphic designer and transit enthusiast.

Shahrokh Hatami (1928–2017), photojournalist.

Jon Hendricks (1921–2017), jazz singer.

Pete Moore (1938–2017), songwriter and member of the Miracles.

Barbara Mowat (1934–2017), Shakespeare scholar and co-editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions.

Carol Neblett (1946–2017), soprano.

Eric Salzman (1933–2017), composer.

Unity Spencer (1930–2017), artist. Daughter of Stanley Spencer.

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