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Leonardo da Vinci, “Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World)” (c. 1500), oil on panel, 25 7/8 x 18 in (image courtesy Christie’s)

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Leonardo da Vinci’s notorious painting, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), may have a previously unknown, alternative history. Scholar Jeremy Wood has speculated that the painting — the most expensive work ever sold at auction, for $450,312,500 — was owned by a British nobleman in the 17th century, rather than King Charles I. The painting will be unveiled to the public at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on September 18.

After a tragic bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy that killed 43, Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to redesign and reconstruct the bridge, after his outspoken comments about the Genoese government’s negligence.

Ancient art embedded in the Burrup Peninsula, a sacred Aboriginal region (image via Jussarian’s Flickr)

The Western Australian government is pursuing world heritage status for the Burrup Peninsula. The region houses some of the most ancient rock art in the world and is a sacred Aborigine site. Five months ago, the Senate issued a report detailing the rock art’s risk of degradation by local industry’s fossil fuel emissions.

The NYPL’s Culture Pass program is expanding to account for high demand among New York Public Library card-holders hoping to score free museum admission. The Guggenheim Museum now offers 200 tickets monthly, rather than 100, while the Museum of Modern Art has impressively increased its offering from 400 to 1,000.

An audio recording of the adjudicate director of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Ana Isabel Pérez, has been circulating on social media after the director and a colleague were recording calling it a “shit school,” and lamenting the ineffectiveness of arts education.

Henry Moore, “Ideas for Sculpture: Mother and Child and Reclining Figures” (1929), ink, wash, watercolour, pencil, collaged figures on off-white medium weight wove, 293 × 312 mm (image via press release)

Experts on the BBC One program Fake or Fortune? used art historical forensics to confirm a sketch as a genuine Henry Moore piece, estimated to be worth £70,000 (~$91,000). The piece was found in a group of 1,500 artworks owned by Hildebrand Gurlitt. The watercolor was confiscated from a German Museum in the 1930s and subsequently purchased by Gurlitt, after Adolf Hitler, a failed artist, cracked down on “degenerate art” to affirm his tyranny and cleanse the nation of modern progressive art. For now, the work will be displayed in a museum in Bern, Switzerland.

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs announced the organizations who have received grants as part of the inaugural CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. The initiative was designed to support new and ongoing efforts to engage people with disabilities as artists, cultural workers, and audience members [via email announcement].

Edward P. Bass has donated $160 million to Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History for the museum’s renovation.

The Henry Luce Foundation has given $270,000 to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman. The funds will support a new Collections and Learning Gallery.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced 26 cultural organizations in Austin, Texas and 27 in New Orleans, Louisiana selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The initiative serves to support small and midsize cultural organizations by providing them with general operating support and arts management training.


Pierre Bonnard, “Landscape at Le Cannet” (1928), oil on canvas, 50 3/8 x 109 ½ in.,
signed (lower right) “Bonnard” (image courtesy of The Kimbell Art Museum)

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas has acquired the Pierre Bonnard painting “Landscape at Le Cannet” (1928) from the Wildenstein Gallery. This is the first work by Bonnard to enter the museum’s collection and depicts the artist’s villa near Cannes, France. The acquisition, according to the press release, is in honor of Kay Forston, the Kimbell Art Foundation’s president from 1975 through 2017. The painting will be on view starting tomorrow, August 31, in the museum’s Louis I. Kahn Building. [via email announcement]

This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.


Keishia Gu (photo courtesy The Getty)

Keisha Gu has joined the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles as head of education.

Stephen J. Kim was appointed associate director for information and technology at the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey.

Dalia Habib Linssen was appointed head of academic engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Susan Baley was appointed executive director of 108|Contemporary, a nonprofit in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Christina Koppes has been named the curator and director of public programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California.

Michelle Rich joined the Dallas Museum of Art as assistant curator of the arts of the Americas.

Roya Sachs has joined the Lever House Art Collection in New York as curator.

Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement, has joined the teaching faculty of Arizona’s Prescott College in their Social Justice and Community Organizing program.

Paul Pfeiffer was appointed the Teiger Mentor in the Arts at Cornell University in upstate New York.

The Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York will close in October.

Burning Water Gallery will open two new spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The Paula Cooper Gallery has temporarily relocated from its primary space at 534 West 21st Street, Manhattan to 524 West 26th Street, Manhattan.


The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for the 2019 Margins Fellowship through September 12. Applicants should identify as writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and must be based in New York City, aged 30 and under. Selected winners will receive $5,000, a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, and publication opportunities in their online magazine, The Margins.

The United States Mint has announced a call for artists to design a special set of coins and medals. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States. More details can be found on their website.


The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire has awarded fellowships to 87 artists (architects, composers, filmmakers, theatre artists, interdisciplinary artists, visual artists, poets, fiction and nonfiction writers), averaging at about $10,000 each.

Linda Marrinon was awarded the Don Macfarlane Prize, winning $36,000 for her accomplishments as an Australian artist.

The Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland, California, has named Nancy Chunn the recipient of its 2018 Artist Award, which has an unrestricted purse of $25,000. The Artist Award is given annually to a painter or sculptor for whom “evidence of the hand is a significant factor in making art.” She was awarded $25,000 for her work in which “evidence of the hand is a significant factor in making art.”

The Academy of American Poets announced the winners of the 2018 American Poets Prizes. The organization granted over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers.


Krishna Reddy (1925–2018), modernist printmaker and sculptor who worked with abstraction.

Neil Simon (1927–2018), renowned comedic playwright who has won more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

Lindsay Kemp (1938–2018), performance and mime artist, choreographer, dancer, and actor.

Erich Lessing (1923–2018), Austrian photojournalist known for his documentation of postwar Europe.

Paul Taylor (1930–2018), American choreographer of the third generation of America’s modern dance artists.

George Walker (1922–2018), pianist and composer who was the first Black graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Robert Wood (1923–2018), gay rights pioneer, author, and minister.

Sterling Stuckey (1932–2018), historian and author who specialized in the history of American chattel slavery, culture, and the arts.

Queeneth Ndaba (1937–2018), beloved South African jazz artist and advocate.

Nicolas Manev (1940–2018), French-Bulgarian abstract artist.

Ed King (1949–2018), guitarist in Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tom Clark (1941–2018), lyric poet, editor, and biographer.

Leslie Carswell Johnson (1933–2018), blues singer, harmonicist, and guitarist known as “Lazy Lester.”

Heidi Morawetz (1939–2018), innovative makeup artist and creative mind in the beauty industry.

Robin Leach (1941–2018), host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

Jack Costanzo (1919–2018), percussionist known as “Mr. Bongo.”

James Villas (1938–2018), food critic and author.

Inge Borkh (1921–2018), operatic dramatic soprano.

Costas Kondylis (1940–2018), famed architect.

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