Art Movements

Banksy, "SWAT Van" (2006) (courtesy Bonhams) (click to enlarge)

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

Christo's "The Floating Piers," the artist's monumental installation at Lake Iseo in northern Italy, will be closed at night to allow for wear and tear repairs. Over 350,000 people have traversed the floating yellow walkway since it opened last weekend.

Zurab Tsereteli's 350-foot-tall sculpture of Christopher Columbus, "Birth of a New World," was inaugurated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The sculpture was originally offered to Columbus, Ohio, and was subsequently rejected by a number of other US cities.

Bonhams plans to sell a SWAT van spray-painted by Banksy at its Post-War and Contemporary art sale on June 29. The van, which was exhibited at Banksy's first US show in Los Angeles, is estimated to fetch between £200,000-300,000 (~$296,000–$444,000).

Two women claimed that they were pressured to vaginally penetrate themselves with a nylon rope as part of an exhibition of Laura Lima's work at the ICA Miami. Lima told the Miami New Times that she had a "clear and open discussion" with the models, and that she was "surprised" by the complaint.

Unusually high rainfall caused water and sewage to seep into the basement of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, forcing staff to evacuate rare books and displays of archaeological and design objects.

Tate Modern removed two tropical macaws from an installation by the late Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica due to the large crowds visiting its new Switch House building.

Bernard Rosenthal's "Alamo" (1967) prior to the reconstruction of Astor Place (via Wikimedia Commons)

Bernard "Tony" Rosenthal's public sculpture, "Alamo" (1967) will be reinstalled in Astor Place later this summer. The large cube, which can be spun on its axis when pushed, has long been popular with New York city residents and tourists.

The NYC Parks Department partially reversed its decision to censor Aaron Bell's sculpture "Stand Tall, Stand Loud." The Parks Department asked Bell to propose multiple revisions of his sculpture after rejecting his original design, which included a prominent noose. The department has now approved of a fourth design, which will be implemented in the coming weeks.

Shanghai's Bank gallery was closed down as part of a government policy banning private entities from renting state-owned properties.

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access launched Smithsonian Learning Lab, an "online toolkit" that allows users to share and customize digital museum resources.

Artist and sculptor Roger Baker — "the da Vinci of the lawn mower" — created a likeness of Ludwig van Beethoven spanning a million square feet in a grass field in the Catskills.


Joseph Wright, "Arkwright's cotton mill, Cromford" (ca 1790) (courtesy Christie's Images LTD) (click to enlarge)

The Derby Museum Trust confirmed that it used a secret agent to purchase two paintings by Joseph Wright (1734–97) at Christie's. The paintings, which are thought to have been among the artist's last works, were sold for £233,107 (~$293,000).

Pablo Picasso's "Femme Assise" (1909) was sold at Sotheby's for $63.7 million, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction.

Mica Ertegun, the widow of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, donated $1.3 million toward the restoration of the Edicule of the Tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


Marie Lavandier succeeded Xavier Dectot as the director of Louvre-Lens, the Louvre's outpost in northern France.

Huib Schippers was named director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Maxwell L. Anderson was appointed the director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

Ashlyn Davis was appointed executive director of the Houston Center for Photography.

Kathleen Soriano was appointed chair of the Liverpool Biennial's board.

Peter Morton, the co-founder of the Hard Rock Café, joined the board of trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Faith Brower was appointed curator of the Haub Family Collection of Western American art at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Shelly M. Selim was appointed associate curator of design and decorative arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Three high-level employees stepped down from their posts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sree Sreenivasan (chief digital officer), Cynthia Round (senior vice president for marketing), and Susan Sellers (head of design). The museum is currently tackling a $10 million deficit.

Hannah O'Leary was appointed head of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby's.

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) added nine new members to its roster.

Washington DC's Flashpoint gallery — the last art gallery at Gallery Place — closed.


Clara Drummond, "Girl in a Liberty Dress" (2016) (© Clara Drummond)

Clara Drummond received the 2016 BP Portrait Award. Second and third place prizes were awarded to Bo Wang and Benjamin Sullivan, respectively.

Yunchul Kim was awarded the European Organisation for Nuclear Research's (CERN) Collide International Award. The prize includes a two-month residency at CERN in Geneva, a month's residency at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) in Liverpool, and 15,000 Swiss francs (~$15,670).

Gabriel Orozco will receive the 2016 Aspen Award for Art at the Aspen Art Museum's summer benefit. An exhibition of new work by the artist will open at the museum on July 29.

M Lamar was awarded the second biannual Material Art Prize.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was awarded the sixth Prix Canson.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, "Portals" (2016) at the 2016 Armory Show (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, "Portals" (2016) at the 2016 Armory Show (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic) (click to enlarge)


The 2017 Future Generation Art Prize is now open for entries. Applicants must be 35 years-old or under. The deadline for entry is September 11, 2016.


Prince Be (1970–2016), rapper. Member of P.M. Dawn.

Michelle Cliff (1946–2016), author.

Paul Cox (1940-2016), filmmaker. Directed the Vincent van Gogh documentary Vincent (1987).

Lois Duncan (1934–2016), author.

Neil Forster (1939–2016), artist.

Benoîte Groult (1920–2016), writer and feminist. Best known for Les Vaisseaux du Cœur (1988).

Desmond Heeley (1931–2016), theatre designer.

Wayne Jackson (1941–2016), trumpet player.

Lorna Kelly (1945–2016), auctioneer for Sotheby's. Tended terminally ill patients with Mother Teresa.

Willis Pyle (1914–2016), painter. Animator for Walt Disney Studios.

Harry Rabinowitz (1916–2016), composer and conductor.

Robyn Sisman (1949–2016), author. Editor for Simon & Schuster.

Nicolás García Uriburu (1937–2016), artist.

Willis Pyle was part of the animation team that produced "Gerald McBoing-Boing" (1950). The animation won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

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