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Tyree Guyton’s Art “MasterPiece” for Heidelberg Projects was destroyed in a suspected arson (image via Flickr user Lyfetime)

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

The lawsuit that the Dia Art Foundation founders filed to stop a sale of some of the foundation’s significant art holdings was withdrawn.

An Italian Renaissance exhibition that was planned for next fall by former Cleveland Museum of Art director David Franklin — who abruptly resigned his position in October — was canceled. Here is Hyperallergic’s coverage of his tumultuous resignation.

A detail of the newly authenticated Pollock painting, with fur from his Hamptons home (via

A painting that Ruth Kligman — Jackson Pollock’s mistress — claimed to be the artist’s last work was confirmed as authentic, partly due to a hair discovered in the work from Pollock’s polar bear-skin rug.

One of the Heidelberg Project’s Detroit buildings was destroyed in a suspected arson this week. Here’s Hyperallergic’s coverage of a fire this summer that destroyed another of the art project’s blighted-houses-turned-sculpture projects.

Tobias Natter, director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna, quit in response to staff joining a foundation that is embroiled in a controversy over Klimt art believed looted by Nazis.

The Museum of African Design — considered to be the first design museum in Africa — opened October 24 in Johannesburg with an exhibition on South African designers.

The new Shijia Hutong Museum in Beijing is aiming to preserve the daily artifacts of traditional life that is rapidly disappearing in the city, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Samuel Miller, who served as director of the Newark Museum for nearly three decades, has passed away.

Photographer Jack Mitchell, who focused on portraiture of artists and those in the performing arts, particularly the American Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, died last week.

Ed Ruscha’s archives were acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Richard Phillips’ Playboy bunny in Marfa (photograph by Matt Baker)

Richard Phillips’ Playboy bunny sculpture in Marfa, Texas, is being relocated to Dallas Contemporary following the state of Texas demanding its removal this summer as it was considered an advertisement.

A giant banner featuring art by Ralph Steadman is being planned as a permanent public art memorial to Hunter S. Thompson in the late author’s hometown Louisville, Kentucky.

The National Lighthouse Museum, whose attempts at fundraising have been struggling since the decision was made to host the museum on Staten Island, may finally be opening August 7, 2014 for National Lighthouse Day, NY1 reported.

After cracking during the August 23, 2011 earthquake, the Washington Monument in Washington, DC has been repaired and its scaffolding will be removed.

The former Alphabet City deli that is currently hosting an exhibition for street artist RAE will be an ongoing exhibition space called Whale & Crown, EV Grieve reported.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, considered the world’s largest museum of cartoon art, reopened in a new 30,000-square-foot space at the Ohio State University.

A death mask of Napoleon that was sold for £175,000 at a Bonhams auction has been blocked under an export ban from leaving the UK.

After Walmart had controversially planned to build a Supercenter on a Virginia Civil War battlefield, the retail giant donated the land to the state for preservation.

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Allison Meier

Allison C. Meier is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from Oklahoma, she has been covering visual culture and overlooked history for print...