Wolfgang Tillmans among those elected to Institute of Contemporary Arts council The Russian collector Delya Allakhverdova and the Lebanese patron Maria Sukkar also added to the London institution’s ten-strong board, currently chaired by Donald A. Moore, the former chair of Morgan Stanley Group Europe.
MP with ‘gay cure’ links promoted to arts minister by Theresa May Conservative MP for Salisbury, John Glen, has been appointed minister for arts, tourism and heritage in Theresa May’s post-election reshuffle. Glen has previously refused to cut ties with a ‘gay cure’ charity and strongly opposed same-sex marriage.
J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles gets £24.5m Parmigianino after no UK museum tries to match price The export bar has been lifted on the Italian Mannerist painting that has been in Britain for 250 years. A UK export licence was deferred last February, to enable a British buyer to match the price. Although London’s National Gallery had shown the painting on loan, it decided against trying to raise the funds.
Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university Newly released figures from the Department for Education reveal that students in creative arts and design earn less than students in any other subject after leaving university.
Antarctic explorer’s 118-year-old painting discovered among penguin poo The watercolour of a small bird was painted by Dr Edward Wilson, who died in 1912 with Captain Robert Scott on their return trip to the south pole. The watercolour was found among a portfolio of papers inside a bunk at the hut at Cape Adare, says the Antarctic Heritage Trust, which is restoring 1,500 artefacts from the hut.
With 7.5 million visitors, National Museum of China beat Louvre as 2016’s most popular museum Almost 108 million people visited museums around the world last year, according to a new report. The study features a list of the 20 museums that drew the most visitors in 2016, examining museums of all kinds, including science and natural history. Art institutions, however, do account for 13 of the top 20, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and Tate Modern.
Blockade of Qatar threatens cultural institutions Moving works of art has become difficult and museum building projects may suffer due to the diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, which has resulted in the partial blockade of Qatar. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut off ties with the oil- and gas-rich state, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
Artist Zwelethu Mthethwa sentenced to 18 years in prison for murder The South Aftrican painter and photographer has been convicted of the murder of sex worker Nokuphila Kumalo after a trial that lasted nearly four years.
Artist’s studio vandalised by animal rights group angered by Documenta 14 work Artist Aboubakar Fofana’s work Ka touba Farafina yé (Africa Blessing) features 54 sheep – each representing an African country – dyed different shades of indigo. His Athens studio was vandalised with blue paint, and its windows were smashed.
Agnes Gund sells Lichtenstein canvas to start fund for criminal justice The arts patron has sold Masterpiece to collector Steven A. Cohen for $165 million. From the proceeds, $100 million from the sale will support the fund, which aims to reduce mass incarceration in the United States.
Wolfgang Tillmans. Photo: Karl Kolbitz, 2012; Courtesy: Maureen Paley, London
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