Art Movements

Alex Colville, "Horse and Train" (1954), casein tempera (via wikispaces)
Alex Colville, “Horse and Train” (1954), casein tempera (via wikispaces)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

It’s confirmed that the remains of oil paintings were found in the stove ashes in Romania where it was feared that the stolen Kunsthal Rotterdam paintings were burned. They include work by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Freud, and Gauguin.

In case you haven’t heard, Jeffrey Deitch is stepping down as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Steven A. Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Capital was indicted on Thursday with four counts of securities fraud as well as a count of wire fraud. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of the MOCA Los Angeles trustee and prominent art collector’s insider trading charges.

Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke, one of the country’s best known artists, was arrested by regime forces.

Smithsonian Inspector General Scott Dahl testified at the Committee on House Administration that the institution is using storage for collections that is substandard and hazardous, and that they don’t know where a lot of their objects are.

The Lincoln Memorial is closed after someone threw green paint on Daniel Chester French’s statue of the 16th president Friday morning.

Thieves stole ten paintings and two drawings from the Van Buuren Museum in Brussels, although the Van Gogh they took is widely thought to be a fake.

Proposal for the Lowline in the "Imagining the Lowline" exhibition in 2012 (photograph by the author)
Proposal for the Lowline in the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibition in 2012 (photograph by the author)

The Lowline design for an underground NYC park may finally be moving ahead, with nine elected officials asking the New York City Economic Development Corporation to transfer the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal underground space from the MTA to the city.

Activists for cultural heritage in Moscow and St. Petersburg are warning that many landmarks are under threat of being destroyed, or have been already, such as the Bolkonsky House that was an inspiration for Leo Tolstoy.

The Association of Archaeologists in Istanbul warned that a historic Byzantine garden listed as a UNESCO site was being destroyed to build a new park.

After Johnny Depp hinted he might buy the embattled Wounded Knee massacre site in South Dakota to give back to the Sioux, it is still looking for a buyer. It is being sold along with another parcel by its current owner for $4.9 million, although it has been assessed for $14,000, which has enraged tribal members who feel he’s attempting to profit off tragedy.

The remains of one of King David’s palaces may have been found west of Jerusalem.

A view of Walter de Mari's "The Lightning Field" (1977) (via Flickr user Retis)
A view of Walter de Mari’s “The Lightning Field” (1977) (via Flickr user Retis)

Artist Walter de Maria passed away at the age of 77. He is best remembered for “The Lightning Field” (1977), a New Mexican land-art piece consisting of 400 polished stainless steel poles arranged in a rectangular arrangement that is 1 kilometer long and 1 mile wide.

Artist Alex Colville passed away July 16. The Canadian artist was best known for his moving, but minimal, figurative paintings of the everyday or the human-animal connection, like a horse charging over the tracks towards a speeding train.

Osama bin Laden’s AK-47 recently went on display in the CIA’s closed-to-the-public museum in their Langley, Virginia, headquarters.

In order to keep less of their collections from being hidden away in storage, museums like LACMA and the Broad that’s under construction are adding visible storage viewable to the public.

Perhaps not terribly surprising: Weimaraner photographer William Wegman has designed a series of dog beds and mess mats.

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