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This week in art news: two men associated with the Ghost Ship warehouse fire pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, the Guggenheim Museum restored Édouard Manet’s “Woman in Striped Dress,” and an exhibition of rare automata opened in the UK.

Paul Spooner, “Demoiselles” (2017) (detail). The automaton will be exhibited for the first time as part of The Marvellous Mechanical Museum (courtesy Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park)

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Two men associated with the Ghost Ship warehouse fireDerick Almena and Max Harris, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter. 36 people died after the Oakland warehouse caught fire during a party on December 2, 2016.

Glasgow city council officials announced that a significant part of the Glasgow School of Art building will have to be dismantled due to its dangerous instability.

The Marvellous Mechanical Museum, an exhibition of rare automata and clockwork from the 17th-century to the present, opened at Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park.

A commission in Richmond, Virginia, recommended removing a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, while leaving four other Confederate memorials in situ.

Save the Art-Save the Museum, a citizen’s group founded in response to the Berkshire Museum’s recent and controversial deaccessions, unveiled a billboard advertisement in Pittsfield reading “NO TRANSPARENCY = NO TRUST. No More Sales!”

The British Council was accused of censorship after it decided to withdraw its logo and texts from an exhibition catalogue produced by the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB). According to the Guardian, the organization is thought to have balked over an essay by Professor Ian Bethell-Bennett that examines the growth of China’s influence in the Caribbean state.

Édouard Manet, “Woman in Striped Dress (after treatment)” (1877–80), oil on canvas, 174.3 x 83.5 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser, 1978 (photo by Allison Chipak, © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018)

The Guggenheim Museum restored and re-exhibited Édouard Manet’s “Woman in Striped Dress” (ca. 1877–80).

Sculptor Robert Davidson was awarded $3,554,946.95 in royalties plus interest by a US Court after the US Postal Service mistakenly used an image of his own rendition of the Statue of Liberty for one of their Forever stamps.

Seven artists — including Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, and Mona Hatoum — produced fundraising, limited-edition prints to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS).

Richard Wilson will restage his celebrated installation, “20:50” (1987) — in which viewers can enter a room filled to waist height with engine oil — as part of the Hayward Gallery’s upcoming Space Shifters exhibition.

Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, stated that he intends to write to Queen Elizabeth II to demand centuries worth of arrears for England’s use of the flag of St. George. Bucci described the claim as the “biggest stroke of marketing” for the Italian city.

The Paris court of appeals upheld the 2017 acquittal of art dealer Guy Wildenstein, his nephew Alec Jr., and his former sister-in-law, Liouba Stoupakova, of tax evasion and money laundering.

The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund (HARF) published its Arts & Culture Hurricane Preparedness Toolkit for the current storm season (June 1 through November 30).

The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, revealed that Banksy is in contact with Bristol’s City Council to discuss potential options for saving the city’s under-threat libraries.

A rare parchment copy of the US Declaration of Independence discovered at a UK records office was authenticated.

Art dealer Hillel (Helly) Nahmad acquired two half-floor penthouses at 432 Park Avenue for $60 million, the most expensive New York property closings during the month of June.

The Louvre is launching a Jay-Z and Beyoncé-themed art tour following the reception of the couple’s latest music video, “APES**T.”

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden launched Hirshhorn Eye (or ‘Hi’ for short). The digital guide uses image-recognition technology to identify an artwork and then present guests with a short video clip by the art’s maker.

Transactions

Peter Paul Rubens, “Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman,” oil on oak panel, 23 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches (courtesy Sotheby’s)

Peter Paul Rubens’ “Portrait of a Venetian Nobleman” was sold for £5,416,400 (~$7.1 million) at Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Transitions

ARTnews reported that Christy MacLear stepped down from her post at the Sotheby’s advisory Art Agency, Partners.

Ulrich Birkmaier was appointed senior conservator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

John Berry resigned as interim director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum citing a family concern.

Annette Kulenkampff was appointed director of the German Institute for Urban Design in Dortmund.

Sotheby’s appointed Otto Naumann as a senior vice president and client development director in its old master paintings division.

Myrna Ayad will step down as director of Art Dubai next month.

Amin Alsaden was appointed director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Matt Marshall was appointed director of development at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Serbia’s National Museum was reopened to the public.

Thierry Goldberg gallery will reopen at its new space at 109 Norfolk Street on July 20.

Susanne Vielmetter announced plans to open a second LA gallery in the fall.

For Freedoms, the artist-led project and Super PAC founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, established an office in New York’s Meatpacking District.

Accolades

The Art for Justice Fund announced its Spring 2018 grant recipients.

Tate St Ives was named the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018.

Obituaries

From the children’s television show Basil Brush, created by Peter Firmin (via Wikipedia)

Constance Adams (1964–2018), architect.

Philippe de Baleine (1921–2018), journalist and author.

Henry Butler (1948–2018), pianist.

Alan Diaz (1947–2018), photographer.

Harlan Ellison (1934–2018), science-fiction writer.

Peter Firmin (1928–2018), artist, illustrator, and animator. Best known for his work on the children’s television shows Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss, and The Clangers. Creator of Basil Brush.

Claude Lanzmann (1925–2018), film director. Best known for Shoah (1985).

Alan Longmuir (1948–2018), musician and founding member of the Bay City Rollers.

Gillian Lynne (1926–2018), choreographer and ballerina. Best known for her work on Cats.

Liliane Montevecchi (1932–2018), actress, singer, and dancer.

Robby Müller (1940–2018), cinematographer. Best known for Paris, Texas (1984) and 24 Hour Party People (2002).

Anne Tolstoi Wallach (1929–2018), writer. Best known for Women’s Work (1981).

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