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This week in art news: More women shared allegations of sexual misconduct by Chuck Close, a Christie’s employee and former CIA officer was arrested, and a Frank Lloyd Wright building was demolished.

E. L. Trouvelot, “Mare Humorum” (1881), color lithograph, 25 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches, Jay T. Last collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (© The Huntington)

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A complete set of Étienne Léopold Trouvelot‘s (1827–1895) chromolithographs will be exhibited at the the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in April. According to the museum’s press release, only a handful of complete portfolios survive. Trouvelot produced some 7,000 astronomical illustrations during his lifetime.

Four more women shared allegations of sexual misconduct by artist Chuck Close, following other allegations published in the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

The Tate and National Galleries Scotland have reportedly “suspended contact” with Anthony d’Offay after the art dealer and donor was accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment. The allegations, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan police, date from between 1997 and 2004.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA officer who was arrested for allegedly assisting China in infiltrating US covert operations, has been working as the head of security for Christie’s Hong Kong, according to reports by the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo struck down a new directive severely restricting the types of books that inmates in New York State prisons can receive.

A Moscow court extended the house arrest of Kirill Serebrennikov, the artistic director of the Gogol Center. Serebrennikov has been accused of embezzling $2.3 million in government funds, though critics argue the director is being punished for the politically and sexually charged content of his work.

The Federation, a group formed by artist Laurie Anderson and producers Laura Michalchyshyn and Tanya Selvaratnam, called for an “Art Action Day” on January 20 to coincide with the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.

The Lockridge Medical Clinic — a historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana — was destroyed to make way for a new development, despite a year-long campaign by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) and the Montana Preservation Society to save the structure.

The Whitney Museum of American Art unveiled a set of emojis designed by artist Laura Owens.

Emojis designed by Laura Owens (image by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic via Apple Store)

A sculpture by Markus Lüpertz weighing over 500 pounds was stolen from a foundry in Düsseldorf earlier this month.

A group of art historians and dealers signed an open letter criticizing the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent for exhibiting artworks “attributed” to artists associated with the Russian avant-garde.

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery sold a print of one of Banksy’s works without the artist’s authorization. “We own the artwork in question and had been granted permission to produce the image in our guide to the art gallery published last autumn,” a spokesman for the museum told the BBC. “It was assumed that this would allow us to produce prints, however, having contacted Banksy’s management we were told that this was not the case.”

The mayor of Saiut-Yrieix-La-Perche sent a letter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art demanding the return of a 13th-century silver and gold bust. Two French historians have discovered that the sculpture was sold to JP Morgan by a French antique dealer in 1907, though it remains unknown how the latter acquired it.

Phillips announced that it will “fully incorporate” Latin American art into its sales of 20th century and contemporary art.

Transactions

Gavin Hamilton, “Portrait of Emma Hamilton As A Sibyl” (c. 1786), oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches (courtesy Sotheby’s)

A Portrait of Emma Hamilton (born Amy Lyon) by Gavin Hamilton was sold at Sotheby’s for $507,855 (with buyer’s premium). The sale was part of Of Royal and Noble Descent, an auction of “heirlooms from aristocratic international families as well as objects related to noble and historical figures.” Hamilton, who achieved fame as a hostess and performer of “attitudes,” is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson.

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University received a gift of over 650 items of rare photographic albums, ephemera, and monographs from philanthropist Jean S. Sharf and her late husband, collector and scholar Frederic A. Sharf.

The Israel Museum announced its 2017 acquisitions, which included the archive of designer Dan Reisinger, and works by artists such as Frank Stella and Thomas Hirschhorn.

The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts jointly acquired “Portraits” (2016), Tacita Dean’s 16mm portrait of David Hockney.

The Nationalmuseum acquired Agnes de Frumerie’s sculpture “The struggle for existence” (1990).

Claire and James Hyman donated 125 photographs to the Yale Center for British Art. The gift includes works by Jo Spence, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray-Jones, Martin Parr, Bert Hardy, Roger Mayne, Fay Godwin, John Blakemore, Colin Jones, and Anna Fox.

Jo Spence, “Gypsies (25)” (1974), gelatin silver print, Yale Center for British Art, gift of The Hyman Collection, London (Claire and James Hyman) (courtesy the Estate of Jo Spence)

Transitions

Amy Sherald was appointed to the Baltimore Museum of Art’s board of trustees.

The Barnes Foundation appointed John R. Alchin to its board of trustees.

Sarah Arison was appointed chair of the National YoungArts Foundation’s (YoungArts) board of trustees.

Suzanne Cotter was appointed general director of Mudam Luxembourg.

Joseph H. Seipel was appointed interim director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art.

Nancy Wilhelms will step down as executive director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center at the end of the year.

Wendy Earle was appointed curator of art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

Tera Hedrick was appointed curator of the Wichita Art Museum.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art appointed Elizabeth Escamilla as its first director of education.

Scott Tennent was appointed chief communications officer of the Hammer Museum [via email announcement].

Cornelia Parker was appointed the first ever Annual Patron of Art UK.

Sotheby’s appointed Yuki Terase as head of contemporary art, Asia.

Monya Rowe Gallery will reopen a space in New York having moved to Florida in 2o15.

Freedman Fitzpatrick gallery plans to open a satellite space in Paris.

The Awl and The Hairpin announced that it will close operations by the end of the month.

New York’s Sunshine Cinema will officially close on January 21.

The V&A Museum Of Design, Dundee is scheduled to open on September 15.

V&A Museum Of Design, Dundee (via Facebook/V&A Dundee)

Accolades

United States Artists (USA) announced its 2018 fellows.

The MacDowell Colony awarded fellowships to 85 artists.

Opportunities

Applications are open for the Shandaken: Storm King residency program. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on February 12.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) launched its Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, a new grant program “designed to create and sustain humanities infrastructure.”

The Drawing Center is accepting applications for its third Open Sessions, “a hybrid exhibition/residency program that provides unique opportunities for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work through exhibitions, public programs, workshops, and working dinners.”

Obituaries

Dunboyne Road Estate, Camden, London (completed 1977). Designed by architect Neave Brown (via Flickr/Steve Cadman)

Jan Baum (1928–2017), art dealer.

Neave Brown (1929–2018), architect.

Edwin Hawkins (1943–2018), gospel singer.

Keorapetse Kgositsile (1938–2018), poet and activist.

Dolores O’Riordan (1971–2018), lead singer of the Cranberries.

Carlo Pedretti (1928–2018), art historian and Leonardo expert.

A.M. Weaver (1954–2018), curator, art journalist, and Hyperallergic contributor.

Hugh Wilson (1943–2018), film director and writer.

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