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This week in art news: the Louvre Abu Dhabi launched a radio-guided exhibition along a highway, a Malaysian artist was jailed over a viral caricature of the prime minister, and a barge remodeled by Le Corbusier sank in Paris.

One of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s 10 highway art gallery billboards, featuring Leonardo da Vinci’s “La belle ferronnière” (1490–96) (© Louvre Abu Dhabi; photo by Mohamed Somji)

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi launched a radio-guided “highway art gallery” consisting of 10 billboard reproductions of artworks and artifacts currently on display at the museum. Drivers tuned in to participating radio stations while passing the billboards on the E/11 Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will automatically hear a 30 second story about the featured artwork.

Malaysian artist and activist Fahmi Reza was fined $7,700 and jailed for one month after his caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak was widely shared during protests over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. The development company, which is owned by the Malaysian government, allegedly syphoned over $700 million in state funds to the personal bank accounts of the Prime Minister and his associates.

The Louise Catherine, a 230-foot-long concrete barge remodeled by Le Corbusier in 1929, sank in Paris after the Seine’s water levels dropped following severe flooding. Plans are underway to re-float the barge, which was operated as a homeless shelter by the Salvation Army.

The Boston Globe‘s Spotlight team detailed numerous allegations of sexual abuse in the fashion industry. The men accused of sexual misconduct in the report include photographers Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel, Andre Passos, Seth Sabal, and Karl Templer.

A photographic installation by Santiago Sierra was removed prior to the opening of the ARCO art fair in Madrid. Sierra’s dealer, Helga de Alvear, was asked to remove the work — entitled “Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain” (2018) — during the fair’s press preview, resulting in the mayor of Madrid’s decision to boycott the opening.

An online petition was launched to reinstate Beatrix Ruf as director of the Stedelijk Museum. Signatories include Marina Abramović, Philip Glass, and Laurie Anderson. Ruf resigned last year after Dutch media reported that she continued to operate her private art advisory firm, Currentmatters, during her first year as the Stedelijk’s director, netting $513,961. Ruf was also accused of a lack of transparency and accountability regarding museum acquisitions and donations.

Kara Walker, “The Kataswóf Karavan,” installation view at Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (© Ari Marcopoulos)

Kara Walker’s latest public artwork “The Kataswóf Karavan” — a collaboration with jazz pianist Jason Moran and steam power enthusiast Kenneth Griffard — will debut today as part of Prospect.4‘s closing weekend festivities. The artist paid the $250,000 fabrication costs of the work herself after several complications and delays related to its production, according to a New York Times report.

Singaporean artist Chun Kai Qun was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to stalking a 29-year-old woman.

Tania Bruguera was commissioned to create the 2018 Turbine Hall installation at Tate Modern.

Robert Gentile, the last surviving person of interest regarding the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, was found competent for sentencing in an unrelated weapons case.

The Bossy collective launched a £3 million (~$4.2 million) crowd-funding campaign to purchase the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. The collective is looking to transform the venue into a performing arts space showcasing female-led work.

The Getty Conservation Institute is working with Disney to save and preserve cel drawings created for films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Alice in Wonderland (1951).

The Milwaukee Art Museum donated 100 handmade bowls and 500 pounds of canned goods to La Causa Inc., an organization dedicated to providing food and shelter to local children in need.

Transactions

Robert Ryman, “Untitled” (1969) (© Robert Ryman, photo by Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt)

Claes Nordenhake donated 12 monochrome paintings to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The gift includes works by Olle Bærtling, Marcia Hafif, and Robert Ryman.

The Hammer Museum received $30 million from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the largest gift in the museum’s history.

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros signed an agreement to donate works from her art collection to the Spanish state. The preliminary agreement, which was signed with the Spanish minister for education, culture, and sports, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, also calls for the foundation of an exhibition space for the works in Madrid.

Barbara Göpel, the widow of art dealer Erhard Göpel, bequeathed a collection of work by Max Beckmann to Berlin’s State Museums. Erhard Göpel was a member of the Linz Special Commission, a team of dealers who purchased and looted art for inclusion in Adolf Hitler’s unrealised Führermuseum. Berlin State Museums stated that it has yet to find “concrete cause for suspicion that [the] works were looted.”

The National Museum acquired a drawing by François Chauveau (1613–1676) depicting the procession of Queen Kristina’s entry into Paris on September 8, 1656.

A revolver seized by Lawrence of Arabia from Turkish army officer Ashraf Bey was donated to the National Army Museum in London.

The University of Colorado Boulder announced its purchase of a signed archival impression of every work produced by the Shark’s Ink printmaking studio.

The Denver Art Museum acquired 65 British paintings from the Berger Collection Educational Trust. The gift includes works by Hans Holbein the Younger and his studio, Angelica Kauffman, Anthony van Dyck, and George Stubbs.

Hans Holbein the Younger and studio, “Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VI)” (ca 1538), oil on panel, 22 3/4 x 17 in, promised gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Transitions

Kemi Ilesanmi and Juan Sánchez were appointed to the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s board of directors.

Carrie Rebora Barratt was appointed president of the New York Botanical Garden.

Sherri Geldin will step down as director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University at the end of the year.

Line Ouellet will step down as director and chief curator of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in May.

Esme Ward was appointed director of the Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester.

Peter Gorschlüter was appointed director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.

Charlotte Mouquin will succeed Lynn Honeysett as executive director of the Pelham Art Center.

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum appointed Elizabeth Ainslie as chair, Scott Belsky as president, and Todd Waterbury as a vice president of its board of trustees. Carolyn Royston was appointed the museum’s first chief experience officer (CXO).

Adrienne Edwards was appointed curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Ellen Spear was appointed chief philanthropy officer of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Stacey Loomis was appointed director of development and membership at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Harry Scrymgeour was appointed director of David Zwirner’s London gallery.

Susan Abeles was appointed head of jewelry for the Americas and senior international specialist at Phillips.

Frieze will launch a Los Angeles edition of its fairs at Paramount Pictures Studios next year.

The Canada Pavilion in Venice is currently undergoing a $3-million restoration.

Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin plans to relocate to a new space.

Edinburgh’s Ingleby Gallery will move to a new space in the city in May.

Spyscape, a museum dedicated to espionage, opened in Manhattan.

Pace gallery announced its representation of Acconci Studio, the architectural firm of artist Vito Acconci (1940–2017).

Joe Houston is now represented by PPOW Gallery. The artist was briefly part of the gallery’s roster during the early 1980s [via press release].

Joe Houston, “HOLD” (2017), oil on linen, 17 1/2 x 15 5/8 in (courtesy PPOW, © Joe Houston)

Accolades

Paula Hayes was selected as the Baltimore Museum of Art’s first landscape artist in residence.

Candida Höfer was named the recipient of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Solange was named the Harvard Foundation’s 2018 Artist of the Year.

PEN America announced the winners of its 2018 Literary Awards.

Ebony G. Patterson and Jill Downen received the 2018 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award.

Ebony G. Patterson, “… love … when they grow up …,” installed at Live Uncertainty, the 32nd São Paulo Bienal, in 2016; mixed-media, hand-cut Jacquard tapestry with embellishments and toys (courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery)

Obituaries

Lerone Bennett Jr. (1928–2018), historian and journalist. Best known for Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America (1962).

Judy Blame (1960–2018), designer, art director, and fashion stylist.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018), arts and education advocate.

Max Desfor (1913–2018), photographer.

André Harvey (1941–2018), sculptor.

Ernest Hecht (1929–2018), publisher. Founder of the Souvenir Press.

Didier Lockwood (1956–2018) jazz violinist.

Idrissa Ouédraogo (1954–2018) filmmaker.

Lydia Ratcliff (1933–2018), writer.

Nini Theilade (1915–2018), dancer.

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