Art Movements

This week in art news: a trucker drove across the Nazca Lines, Lorde wore an excerpt from a Jenny Holzer piece to the Grammys, and the Manchester Art Gallery removed a Pre-Raphaelite painting in order to “prompt conversations” about museum display and interpretation.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri il Guercino, “Study of an Italian Cane Corso seated within a stone window opening, a mountainous landscape beyond” (nd), oil on canvas, 55.50 x 76.20 cm (courtesy Cheffins)

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A painting of an Italian Mastiff attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, better known as Guercino, will be offered for sale at Cheffins auction house next month. According to the auction house, the painting had sat unrecorded at a “Suffolk country house for the past 167 years.” The attribution has been endorsed by art historians Nicholas Turner, Francesco Petrucci, and John Somerville, senior curator of the Lobkowicz Collection in Prague. The work is estimated to fetch between £80,000 and £120,000 (~$114,000–170,000).

A truck driver was arrested for ignoring warnings and driving through Peru’s Nazca Lines. The ancient geoglyphs were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

Manchester Art Gallery removed John William Waterhouse’s “Hylas and the Nymphs” (1896) from public display (including postcard reproductions from its store) in order “to prompt conversations about how we display and interpret artworks in Manchester’s public collection.” Clare Gannaway, the museum’s curator of contemporary art, told the Guardian that the decision was prompted by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Reactions to the decision have been decidedly mixed. UPDATE: The painting will go back on display tomorrow according to the BBC.

Lorde attended the Grammy Awards with an excerpt from Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays” (1977–82) attached to the back of her dress.

A Turkish air strike on Kurdish separatists caused severe damage to the 3,000-year-old Iron Age temple of Ain Dara in northwest Syria.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will open an exhibition dedicated to gender and power dynamics in response to its current Chuck Close exhibition. The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC postponed its installation of the artist’s work in response to several allegations of sexual misconduct. Seattle University removed a self-portrait by Close from its Lemieux Library.

The National Portrait Gallery’s Votes for Women exhibition opened on Monday in London. The display includes John Everett Millais’s portrait of Thomas Carlyle — one of the gallery’s founders — which was slashed with a butcher’s cleaver by Anne Hunt in July 1914. Hunt targeted the painting following the re-arrest of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

Emery Walker’s photograph of the damage inflicted to John Everett Millais’s portrait of Thomas Carlyle (© National Portrait Gallery, London)

A number of Russian oligarchs and art collectors, including Roman Abramovich, Pyotr Aven, and Vladimir Potanin, are named in a US Treasury Department list of parastatal entities on warning over Russian actions in Ukraine and election meddling. Dubbed the “Kremlin Report,” the document has been roundly criticized as an indiscriminate list of Russia’s richest citizens.

Hong Kong’s legislature voted to ban all ivory sales by 2021.

Philadelphia’s “LOVE” sculpture was removed from John F. Kennedy Plaza in order to be repainted and redisplayed for Valentine’s day. Representatives of artist Robert Indiana informed City officials that the blue section of the sculpture was intended to be purple. It is thought that the original paint changed color due to weather conditions or because of spray from a nearby fountain.

Major League Baseball announced that the Cleveland Indians franchise will remove its controversial Chief Wahoo logo from its uniforms next year.

Sondra Perry‘s first UK solo exhibition will open at the Serpentine Galleries next month. Aged 31, Perry will be the youngest artist to have a solo show at the space. The US artist is best known for her multimedia installation, “Resident Evil” (2016).

The Guggenheim Museum has been bombarded with one-star and five-star social media reviews following the museum’s offer to loan Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-karat gold toilet, “America” (2016), to the White House.

Jason Fanthorpe, a window cleaner and resident of Hull, used white spirit to save a new Banksy mural that had been defaced with white paint.

Chicago’s so-called “Rock N Roll McDonald’s,” an architecturally striking franchise of the fast food chain, was demolished.

Photographer and performance artist Ventiko attempted to bring her emotional support animal, a peacock named Dexter, onto a United Airlines flight departing from Newark Liberty and bound for Los Angeles — despite being told on three occasions that the animal did not meet travel guidelines.


Jacques Blanchard, “Zeus and Semele” (ca 1632), oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Campbell

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired works by Jacques Blanchard, Piet Mondrian, and Pierre Bonnard.

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation has awarded $777,000 in grants to help fund the programming of 60 New York City organizations dedicated to arts and justice.

Gerret and Tatiana Copeland pledged $15 million to the Delaware Art Museum.

The San José Museum of Art acquired works by Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Hans Namuth, Andrea Bowers, Russell Crotty, Morris Graves, Mona Hatoum, Lara Schnitger, and Terry Winters.

A drawing by Samuel Palmer (1805–1881) sold at Sotheby’s for $2,415,000 (with buyer’s premium), a record for the artist at auction.

Samuel Palmer, “A Church with a Boat and Sheep” (ca 1831), pen and brown ink and wash heightened with scratching out, 183 by 137 mm (courtesy Sotheby’s)


Laura Raicovich stepped down as president and director of the Queens Museum. In an interview with the New York Times, Raicovich revealed that some of the museum’s board members had objected to her decision to close the museum on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. 38 artists, curators, and academics — including Lucy Lippard, Martha Wilson, and Helen Molesworth — subsequently signed an open letter in support of Raicovich and calling for art institutions to advance “cultural and social as well as political public discourse.”

 João Ribas was appointed director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ada Ciniglio will step down as executive director of ArtTable in June.

Amy Galpin was appointed chief curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. Natasha D’Souza was appointed as the museum’s director of development [via email announcements].

The Dallas Museum of Art announced two new appointments. Tamara Wootton-Forsyth was promoted to the position of deputy director and Sarah Schleuning was appointed senior curator of decorative arts and design.

Wave Hill appointed Ginger Dolden as curator of performing arts and Eileen Jeng Lynch as curator of visual arts [via email announcement].

Erin R. Corrales-Diaz was appointed assistant curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum.

Liz Neely was appointed curator of digital experiences at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The city of Oslo will launch a biennial in 2019.

New York’s Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe gallery was renamed Miles McEnery Gallery.

Broadway 1602 filed for bankruptcy.

Cherry and Martin announced that it will permanently close.

Silke Otto-Knapp is now represented by Regen Projects.

London’s Royal College of Art received council approval for the expansion of its Battersea campus.

Jamie Fobert Architects was appointed to lead a £35.5 million (~$50 million) transformation of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Ewan Christian’s original design for the north front of the National Portrait Gallery (1896) (© National Portrait Gallery, London)


The College Art Association announced the recipients of its 2018 Awards for Distinction. The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, and Award for Excellence in Diversity, were presented to Pepón Osorio, Firelei Báez, and Kellie Jones, respectively.

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby was awarded the Clark Art Institute’s 2017 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

Tyree Guyton received the 2018 White Columns/Shoot The Lobster Award.

Violaine Lochu, Vera Molnár, and Nil Yalter were awarded AWARE’s (Archives of Women Artists, Research, and Exhibition) 2018 Prizes.

The Headlands Center for the Arts awarded fellowships to 54 artists.

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) announced the nominees for the 2018 US Presidential Scholars in the Arts.


The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are accepting nominations for the 2018 Sobey Art Award through March 2.


(via Flickr/Gabriel White)

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Haim Gouri (1923–2018), poet and writer.

Ingvar Kamprad (1926–2018), founder of IKEA.

Terence Marsh (1931–2018), production designer.

Hilton McConnico (1943–2018), artist and designer.

John Morris (1926–2018), composer.

Bénédicte Pesle (1927–2018), supported the work of American stage artists such as Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson.

Robert Pincus-Witten (1935–2018), art critic, curator, and historian. Coined the term “post-Minimalism.”

William Scharf (1927–2018), painter.

Heinz Jakob “Coco” Schumann (1924–2018), jazz musician and Holocaust survivor.

Julia Reyes Taubman (1967–2018), photographer and founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Marlene VerPlanck (1933–2018), singer.

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