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This week in art news: a collector sued Jeff Koons and Gagosian for failing to deliver three sculptures, a gold reliquary containing the heart of Anne of Brittany was stolen from a French museum, and the Royal College of Music recorded a piece of music featured in “The Paston Treasure.”

Tomokazu Matsuyama’s Peanuts mural, Hudson Square, New York (photo by Nick Stokes, © PNTS)

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The gold reliquary containing the heart of Anne of Brittany was stolen from the Thomas-Dobrée Museum in the French city of Nantes.

Collector Steven Tananbaum is suing Jeff Koons and Gagosian Gallery, alleging that they failed to complete and deliver three sculptures for which he has made payments totaling over $13 million.

The Peanuts Global Art Collective unveiled a series of murals inspired by Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip across New York City. Participating artists include Rob Pruitt, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Kenny Scharf, and Nina Chanel Abney.

Eleven artists signed an open letter accusing CB1 Gallery director Jason Chang and co-owner Clyde Beswick of poor business practices. The letter states that Chang and Beswick have “consistently failed to honor the gallery’s contracts” and have “failed to pay even on terms of legal judgment.”

Four masked men stole jade and gold artifacts during an overnight raid of the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it will deaccession seven works by white male artists — including Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg — in order to acquire work by female artists and artists of color.

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain held a protest outside Tate Modern’s current Picasso exhibition, Picasso 1932 — Love, Fame, Tragedy. The show’s sponsor, Ernst & Young, recently announced that cleaning staff at three of its offices in London are currently facing possible redundancies.

New York City’s monument to J. Marion Sims (1813–83) — a gynecologist who performed experimental surgeries on enslaved women, without their consent or the use of anesthesia — was removed from Central Park. The statue is to be relocated near Sims’s grave in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

Eleven drawings by James Castle (1899–1997) were discovered within the walls of the artist’s home in Boise, Idaho.

A Moscow court extended the house arrest of theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov.

Unknown artist, “The Paston Treasure” (detail) (ca 1663), oil on canvas, 246 x 165 cm (via Wikipedia)

The Royal College of Music made the first-ever recording of “Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest” by Robert Ramsey (1590s–1644). A manuscript of the composition is featured in “The Paston Treasure” (ca 1663), the mysterious, multi-genre, 17th-century painting whose creator has not been identified. An exhibition dedicated to the painting is currently on view at the Yale Center for British Art.

The Royal Institute of British Architects expressed concerns that a post-Grenfell government review of building regulations will stop short of banning flammable cladding on residential towers.

Princeton University will name two spaces after Betsey Stockton and James Collins Johnson, enslaved individuals who lived and worked on its campus.

The Frist Art Museum will close its Rome: City and Empire exhibition tomorrow, earlier than scheduled, due to vibrations caused by nearby construction.

Maria Balshaw, the director of the Tate, announced a search for a new trustee to represent the interests of museum visitors aged 16 to 25. The museum also dropped its ticket price for the age group to £5 for those who register online.

The “national treasure” that the National Gallery of Canada is seeking to acquire by deaccessioning a work by Marc Chagall was revealed to be Jacques-Louis David’s “Saint Jerome Hears the Trumpet of the Last Judgment” (1779).

The Metropolitan Transit Authority released a line of special edition MetroCards featuring David Bowie.

The Art Newspaper accessed the Tate’s trustee minutes from 1991–92.

The Museum of Modern Art filed a trademark lawsuit against MoMaCha, a new green tea cafe and art gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The Sam Francis Foundation made the first volume of the artist’s catalogue raisonné available online for a limited period.

Christie’s inaugural Art+Tech Summit will focus on the potential applications of blockchain within the art market.

Transactions

Chris Ofili, “The Holy Virgin Mary” (1996) (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen donated Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary” (1996) to the Museum of Modern Art. The work — which famously includes clumps of elephant dung — was featured in the controversial Sensation exhibition (1999) at the Brooklyn Museum, where it became the center of a First Amendment legal battle and was vandalized by a 72-year old pensioner.

The Art Institute of Chicago received a $50 million unrestricted gift from Janet and Craig Duchossois and a $20 million gift from Robert and Diane v.S. Levy.

The Noordbrabants Museum acquired Vincent van Gogh’s “Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell” (1884).

Sweden’s Nationalmuseum acquired a Baroque mirror commissioned by Count Fabian Wrede (1641–1712).

Burchard Precht, Mirror, 1690s (© Bukowskis)

Transitions

Chris Dercon abruptly resigned as director of the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin. Dercon’s tenure oversaw ongoing protests by activists who viewed his appointment as a betrayal of the theater’s purpose.

Rosie Lee Hooks was suspended as director of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. According to the Los Angeles Times, the suspension may have been due to a mural project that was begun without the acquisition of necessary city permits.

Mary Miller was appointed director of the Getty Research Institute.

Harry Verwayen was appointed executive director of the Europeana Foundation.

The California College of the Arts in San Francisco appointed Allison Smith as dean of fine arts and Tina Takemoto as dean of humanities and sciences.

James A. Ganz was appointed senior curator of photographs at the Getty Museum.

Charity Von Guinness was appointed director of ProjectArt’s Miami branch.

Jori Bennett was appointed executive director of ArtPrize.

Aldo Scrofani was appointed chief operating officer of the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The Museum of Modern Art appointed Amanda Hicks as director of communications and public affairs.

Thomas Bompard was appointed chairman of Sotheby’s west coast and senior specialist in the fine art division.

The Moving Image Art Fair deferred its 2018 edition in New York due to sales concerns by its participating galleries.

Smith College Museum of Art announced that it will steward the personal art collections of Nina Yankowitz and Joyce Kozloff.

The estate of Joseph Beuys is now represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

SALT Beyoğlu reopened in Istanbul following its two year closure.

The Qatar National Library opened to the public in Doha.

Accolades

Mark Dean Veca, “Maddest Hatter” (2017), vinyl and acrylic paint, variable dimensions (courtesy the artist)

Jerry Saltz was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

The American Alliance of Museums will present its Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion award to Joanne Jones-Rizzi.

Helen Cammock was awarded the 2018 Max Mara Art Prize.

Kenneth Frampton was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Mark Dean Veca was awarded the Crocker Art Museum’s Knudsen Prize.

Paul Stephen Benjamin was awarded the 2018 Southern Prize.

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have announced the 2018 Sobey Art Award nominees.

Mophradat announced the participants of its 2018 Consortium Commissions program.

Opportunities

London’s National Portrait Gallery is accepting applications for the 2018 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize through June 12.

The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Arts Writers Grant program.

Obituaries

Ram Kumar, “Untitled” (1994), oil on canvas, 33 x 55 in (courtesy Vadehra Art Gallery)

Art Bell (1945–2018), broadcaster and author. Founder and host of Coast to Coast AM.

Nathan Davis (1937–2018), jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator.

Karen Dawisha (1949–2018), Russia scholar. Author of Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? (2014).

Ronald Dunbar (1939–2018), songwriter and record producer.

Miloš Forman (1932–2018), film director. Best known for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984).

Livia Gollancz (1920–2018), publisher and musician.

Marcia Hafif (1929–2018), painter.

Carl Kasell (1934–2018), NPR newscaster.

Ram Kumar (1924–2018), painter and writer.

Vittorio Taviani (1929–2018) film director and screenwriter.

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