Art Movements

“JR au Louvre” (2016) (courtesy Louvre Museum, © JR-ART.NET) (click to enlarge)

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

Street artist JR unveiled a photographic installation at the Louvre that causes the museum’s iconic glass pyramid to “disappear” when viewed from a particular vantage point. The artist created the work by pasting a manipulated black-and-white photograph of the Louvre’s exterior over one of the entrance pyramid’s facets.

Rome issued a €500-million (~$556 million) SOS to companies and philanthropists in a bid to raise the funds necessary to protect and restore the city’s historic landmarks. According to the Guardian, the city’s debts total €12 billion (~$13.3 billion).

The Qatari royal family settled its dispute with Larry Gagosian over the ownership of Pablo Picasso‘s sculpture of Marie-Therese Walter, “Bust of a Woman” (1931). According to Bloomberg, Gagosian had planned to sell the work to billionaire collector Leon Black. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

A number of British artists, including Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, and Cornelia Parker, signed a petition for the StrongerIn campaign advocating for the UK to remain in the EU.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, English School (c. 1590) (via (click to enlarge)

The UK’s National Maritime Museum and the Art Fund launched a campaign to raise £10 million (~$14.6 million) for the public purchase of the so-called “Armada Portrait” of Elizabeth I. The painting, which was owned and may also have been commissioned by Sir Francis Drake, was created by an unknown artist. Reproduced in various forms, the work is widely considered to be one of the best known images from British history.

A group of Greek archaeologists believe that they have located Aristotle‘s tomb.

Indiana University‘s Virtual World Heritage Laboratory will create 3D digital models of the Uffizi Gallery’s entire collection of 1,250 works of Greek and Roman sculpture.

Anderson Cooper reported on the Knoedler Gallery forgeries as part of a segment for 60 minutes.

According to a poll, only 8% of those who have visited the National September 11 Memorial Museum since its opening were New York City residents.


Georgia O’Keeffe, “The Barns Lake George” (1926), oil on canvas 21 x 32 1/4 in, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (© 2016 Christie’s Images Limited) (click to enlarge)

The Georgia O’Keefe Museum acquired the artist’s 1926 painting, “The Barns, Lake George.” The work, which was previously held in a private collection, has only been publicly exhibited once in the last 50 years.

Miami developer Craig Robins donated 100 works from his collection to the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

The Heritage Lottery Fund donated £9 million (~$13.2 million) toward the Courtauld Institute of Art‘s redevelopment.

The Avenir Foundation donated $5 million to the Textile Museumcollection at the George Washington University.

Arne Glimcher donated $1 million to the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. The school is looking to raise $12 million for the renovation of its Bakalar & Paine Galleries.

Brant publications, Inc. took full control of all assets Art in America, LLC, BAM Modern, LLC, Antiques, LLC, and Artnews LTD from their Poland-based parent company, Artnews S.A.


The exterior of the De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (via (click to enlarge)

The entire board of the De Appel Arts Center resigned. In a statement, the center attributed the decision to “the developments surrounding the dismissal of director [Lorenzo] Benedetti.” The former director was fired in September 2015 following staff complaints regarding his competency. Benedetti was supported by staff at the center’s curatorial training program who boycotted their own program in protest over his dismissal.

Manny Kadre, Elle Macpherson, and Cynthia Fiske were appointed to the ICA Miami’s board of trustees.

Eva Birkenstock was appointed director of the Düsseldorf Art Foundation.

Marion Ackermann was appointed director general of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Ben Thompson was appointed deputy director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.

Lucinda Barnes will retire as the University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s chief curator and director of programs and collections as of June 29.

Matthew H. Robb was appointed chief curator of the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Anderson was appointed director of curatorial affairs at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Paul Rogers will head the International Center of Photography’s (ICP) Center for Visual Culture as director of content and public programming.

Jay DeFeo, “Untitled” (1972), gelatin silver print, 4 3/8 x 6 7/16 in (11.1 x 16.4 cm) (© 2014 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

The Jay DeFeo Trust changed its name to the Jay DeFeo Foundation and appointed museum consultant Diane B. Frankel as its third trustee.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced plans for a major upgrade of its building.

Christie’s plans to open an exhibition space in Beijing later this year.

Triple Canopy will relocate to a new space in New York’s Chinatown in September.

Marianne Boesky‘s Chelsea space expanded into the property next door, while the gallery’s Lower East Side space is set to close.

The Powerhouse Arena will permanently close next month. According to its website, the publishing company plans to relocate “imminently.”

Los Angeles’s Thomas Duncan Gallery will permanently close next month.

New York’s Garis & Hahn gallery will relocated to Los Angeles. It will hold a pop-up exhibition in July before inaugurating a permanent space in early 2017.


Yvonne Koolmatrie received the Red Ochre Award.

Yuri Pattison was awarded the 2016 Frieze Art Award.


Steve Wolfe, “Untitled (New Directions)” (1991/92), oil, litho ink, modeling paste on paper, mounted on wood, part of a series of six pieces (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) (click to enlarge)

Alexandre Astruc (1923–2016), film director and writer.

George “Buster” Cooper (1929–2016), jazz trombonist.

Hugh Honour (1927–2016), art historian.

Yang Jiang (1911–2016), writer and playwright. Best known for her memoir Six Chapters From My Life Downunder (1981).

John Krish (1923–2016), documentary filmmaker.

Mell Lazarus (1927–2016), cartoonist. Best known for his comic strip “Miss Peach.”

Nick Menza (1964–2016), drummer for Megadeth.

Fred Papert (1926–2016), president of New York’s Municipal Art Society. Campaigned to save Grand Central from demolition in the 1970s.

Denys Potts (1923–2016), scholar of French literature.

Steve Wolfe (1955–2016), artist. Best known for his sculptural recreations of worn paperbacks.



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