Art Movements

This week in art news: NYPD’s Special Victims Squad is investigating photographer Terry Richardson, Charles Dutoit was ousted as the conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Morgan Library & Museum received a $5 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, and more.

Unidentified André Deed film, Pathé Frères, France (courtesy George Eastman Museum)

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Dreaming in Color: The Davide Turconi Collection of Early Cinema, an exhibition dedicated to a collection of over 23,000 original nitrate 35mm films, opens at the George Eastman Museum tomorrow. The frames were gathered by film historian Davide Turconi during the 1960s from a large collection of films acquired by Jesuit priest Josef-Alexis Joye (1852–1919).

The NYPD’s Special Victims Squad is investigating Terry Richardson according to the New York Daily News. The photographer has faced a stream of allegations regarding sexual misconduct and exploitation since the early 2000s. In October, Condé Nast International announced that it will no longer commission work from Richardson.

Charles Dutoit was ousted as the conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra following multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A December directive from the New York State Department of Correctional and Community Services will severely restrict prisoner access to books and other materials.

Aleksandr Maslov received a suspended jail sentence for throwing Molotov cocktails at an exterior wall of the Tate Modern last November. Calling himself ‘Alexander Art,’ Maslov described his actions as an artistic protest and a “resistance to tatecide,” a reference to his belief that the museum is “aggressive to contemporary artists.”

Research by the Labour Party found that three-quarters of the art acquired for the UK’s government art collection in recent years were created by male artists.

Giuliana Farfalla will become the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine’s German edition.


Suwon Lee, “Purple Haze” (2011), inkjet on cotton paper, 92 x 120 cm. The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Clara Rodríguez-Cisneros

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) will donate over 200 works from its collection of Latin American contemporary art to six museums; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin.

The Morgan Library & Museum received a $5 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Board of Trustees extended the $10 million reward for return of 13 works of stolen art. The Museum will release its first ever book about the theft called, Stolen in spring 2018. [via email announcement]


Stephen Reily was appointed director of the Speed Art Museum.

Elena Rodriguez was appointed curator of exhibitions at The Rockport Center for the Arts.

Christopher Mahoney was appointed senior international specialist for photographs at Phillips.

Morgan Lehman gallery plan to open a second space in Chelsea at 526 West 26th Street.

Marfa Contemporary announced that it will permanently close.

Michael Williams is now represented by David Kordansky Gallery.

Michael Williams, “Truth About Painting 2” (2017), inkjet on canvas, 128 x 84 3/4 inches (courtesy the artist; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and New York © Michael Williams)


Robert Gober and Donald Moffett will be honored at the Brooklyn Museum’s Artists Ball on April 17. [via email announcement]

University of Pennsylvania Professor Kenneth Lum, chair of the Fine Arts Department in the School of Design, has been named an Officer in the Order of Canada, one of the highest Canadian civilian honors. [via email announcement]


The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are accepting applications for its 2018 Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, a grant program for performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Brooklyn Museum is now accepting applications for its Museum Education Fellowship Program.


Visitors interacting with Hans Haacke’s “MoMA Poll” (1970) at Information, curated by Kynaston McShine at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (© Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York, courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York)
France Gall (1947–2018), pop singer. Winner of the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest.

Kynaston McShine (1935–2018), influential curator. Best known for Primary Structures: Young British and American Sculptors (1966), Information (1970), and The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect (1999).

Gavin Stamp (1948–2017), architectural historian and conservationist.

Eugene V. Thaw (1927–2018) collector and co-author of a catalogue raisonné of Jackson Pollock’s work.

Ray Thomas (1941–2018), musician, songwriter, and founding member of the Moody Blues.

Karin von Aroldingen (1941–2018), dancer.

Francis Wyndham (1924–2017), author and journalist.

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