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This week in art news: 28 rock art sites were discovered on a small Indonesian island, Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year ban on cinemas, and the Museum of London announced plans to display the notorious “fatberg.”

Khadija Say, “Peitaw” (2017), from the series Dwelling: in this space we breathe, photograph, wet plate collodion tintype on metal, 250 x 200 mm, on loan from Vinyl Factory (courtesy the Estate of Khadija Say)

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Researchers from the Australian National University discovered at least 28 rock art sites on the small Indonesian island of Kisar. The works are thought to be at least 2,500 years old.

Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year-old ban on cinemas.

The Museum of London will exhibit the last remaining piece of London’s “fatberg,” the 130-ton congealed mass of fat, oil, grease, and wet wipes discovered under London’s streets in September.

Works by Khadija Saye, the emerging artist who died in the Grenfell Tower Fire, will be exhibited as part of Actions. The image of the world can be different at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge — the first exhibition at the gallery’s newly redeveloped space.

Over 100 artists, designers, film directors, performers, and writers signed an open letter denouncing US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Liz Rae Heise-Glass, Piper Marshall, and Julian Myers-Szupinska resigned as the editors of The Exhibitionist following the sexual harassment allegations made against Jens Hoffmann, the magazine’s founder.

Russell Simmons stepped down from his role at the nonprofit Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation amid accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

Over 200 artists and curators — including Hans Haacke, Sanja Ivekovic, Walid Raad, and Annette Messager — signed an open letter calling for the restructuring of Documenta’s supervisory structure.

Cecilia Bartoli became the first woman to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir.

Adriaen Coorte, “Still Life with a Bowl of Strawberries, a Spray of Gooseberries, Asparagus and a Plum” (1703), oil on paper on canvas, 35.7 × 42.8 cm, gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017 (© The National Gallery, London)

Works by Adriaen Coorte, Jan van Kessel the Elder, and David Teniers the Younger, went on display at the National Gallery in London. The paintings were a gift of the late collector Willem Baron van Dedem.

Charlie Chaplin’s family endorsed the campaign to save London’s Cinema Museum.

The 24-year-old British tourist Jason Stellios claimed to have snapped a photograph of Banksy whilst traveling in Bethlehem.

The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation completed its digital catalogue raisonné of Dalí’s paintings after 17 years of research.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas digitized the archives of writer Gabriel García Márquez.

Dezeen documented the destruction of the Robin Hood Gardens, the renowned Brutalist estate designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson.

Louise Blouin, the owner of Louise Blouin Media, sold her 4,551-square-foot West Village penthouse apartment for $23.7 million. According to the New York Post, the publisher originally listed the apartment with an asking price of $60 million.

Transactions

Leon Levinstein, “Broadway at 45th, Night” (ca 1958), gelatin silver print, 11 7/8 x 8 7/16 in, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Gabri Schreyer-Hoffman in honor of Virginia Heckert (© Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York)

Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Michael and Jane Wilson donated two groups of photographs to the J. Paul Getty Museum. The gift includes works by Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Judy Fiskin, Leon Levinstein, and Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao.

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced its final round of 2017 grants, distributing $12.8 million to 253 projects.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art received major grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation in support of its empathy and diversity initiatives.

The European Fine Art Foundation awarded its 2018 Museum Restoration Fund grants to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Portugal.

The Getty Research Institute acquired the archive of artist Mary Kelly.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquired Chemi Rosado-Seijo’s “Untitled #1” (2017), the inaugural gift of the newly established NADA Acquisition Gift for PAMM [via email announcement].

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens acquired 330 works on paper by Henry Moore.

The Philbrook Museum of Art acquired Kehinde Wiley’s “Equestrian Portrait of King Philip IV.”

The Saint Louis Art Museum acquired John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Charlotte Cram” (1900).

John Singer Sargent, “Portrait of Charlotte Cram” (1900), oil on canvas, 34 3/4 × 24 in (courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum)

Transitions

The Whitney Museum of American Art announced that Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley will curate the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

Hilary McGrady was appointed director-general of the UK’s National Trust.

Jon Seydl was appointed director of the Krannert Art Museum.

Nikola Dietrich was appointed director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne Art Foundation).

Daniel Menelly was appointed CEO of the DoSeum.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation appointed Ghislain d’Humières as its executive director and senior vice president, core operations.

Kimberley Worrell was promoted to director of development at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Claire Moore was appointed education director at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University promoted Amber Esseiva to assistant curator and appointed Enjoli Moon as adjunct assistant curator of film.

Grayson Perry will chair next year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Páramo opened a New York gallery on the Upper East Side.

The Monir Museum, an institution dedicated to the work of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, is scheduled to open today. It is the first museum in Iran dedicated to a single female artist.

The US Embassy in London will relocate to its new building designed by KieranTimberlake next month.

US Embassy, Nine Elms, London (photo by Richard Bryant/arcaidimages)

Accolades

Élisabeth Lebovici was awarded the 2017 Pierre Daix prize.

The 2018 Hugo Boss Prize shortlist was announced. The nominees are Bouchra Khalili, Simone Leigh, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang.

Art Matters announced its list of 2017 grant winners.

Tony Gum received the 2017 Miami Beach Pulse Prize.

Carolin Eidner received the 2017 Miami Beach NADA Artadia Award.

Carolin Eidner, from the series Particularities of Gravity Demands (2017), pigmented plaster, mounted on styrofoam, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 1 5/8 in (courtesy the artist and Natalia Hug, Cologne)

Opportunties

Insurance company XL Catlin is now accepting applications from US MFA and BFA art students for the XL Catlin Art Prize.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is accepting entries for a textile design. The winning entry will be included in the museum’s upcoming exhibition, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style.

Obituaries

Duffy Ayers (1915–2017), artist.

Bruce Brown (1937–2017), filmmaker and surfer. Best known for The Endless Summer (1966).

Pat DiNizio (1955–2017), singer and songwriter for the Smithereens.

Amelia Edwards (1940–2017), founding art director of Walker Books.

Laura Grisi (1939–2017), artist.

Anthony Harvey (1930–2017), film director. Best known for The Lion in Winter (1968).

Geng Jianyi (1962–2017), artist.

Christos Joachimides (1932–2017), curator.

Irving Luntz (1929–2017), art dealer.

Lewis Manilow (1927–2017), Chicago developer and arts patron. Co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Vincent Nguini (1952–2017), guitarist.

Sunny Murray (1936–2017), jazz drummer.

Anthony Scaduto (1932–2017), journalist and author. Early biographer of Bob Dylan.

Toyo Tsuchiya (unconfirmed–2017), artist and photographer.

Cal Vornberger (unconfirmed–2017), wildlife photographer.

Leslie Wolfe (1943–2017), longtime leader of the Center for Women Policy Studies.

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