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$15M Georgia O’Keeffe painting could be sold by Indiana school


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Head of Russia’s Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova replaced after criticism of lack of ‘moral values’

State Tretyakov Gallery General Director Zelfira Tregulova
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The Russian Ministry of Culture has replaced the Tretyakov Gallery‘s general director afterdemanding the museum change its exhibits to be in line with the country’s “spiritual and moral values.” According toan announcement from the Culture Ministry, Elena Pronicheva has been appointed to the position, replacing Zelfira Tregulova, due to “the expiration of her employment contract.” The announcement also said “Pronicheva will have to preserve the best experience of saving the museum’s funds and continue the development of the State Tretyakov Gallery and its branches, including within the framework of the cultural, educational and museum complexes being created.” The Tretyakov Gallery was founded by the merchant Pavel Tretyakov in 1856 and has become one of the most important art museums in Russia. Tregulova had been general director of the gallery since 2015 but found out she lost her job from press reports. Details on UPI.
Artist and filmmaker Harmony Korine joins Hauser and Wirth
Harmony Korine Courtesy- Art News

Filmmaker and artist Harmony Korine has joined Hauser & Wirth, one of the biggest galleries in the world. The move will see Korine leave Gagosian, a mega-gallery that frequently acts a competitor to Hauser & Wirth. Among the general public, Korine is best known for directing zeitgeist-defining films like 2012’s Spring Breakers, the not-exactly-wholesome tale of four college students who find themselves in more trouble than they asked for when school isn’t in session. Two former Disney Channel stars, Gucci Mane, and James Franco highlight its cast. Korine is also famous for writing Kids, the 1995 film by Larry Clark about disillusioned teens, and infamous for making 2009’s Trash Humpers, which is about what its title suggests. Details on Art News.

$15M Georgia O’Keeffe painting could be sold by Indiana school

The Brauer Museum of Art
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An Indiana university revealed plans this week to sell three artworks worth more than $20 million from its museum’s collection, spurring vigorous opposition from members of the art world. Valparaiso University, a school with around 3,000 students, announced in an email sent Wednesday that it planned to sell works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Edwin Church, and Childe Hassam from the university’s Brauer Museum of Art, , according to the Valpo Post. The O’Keeffe painting, an image of overlaid peaks titled Rust Red Hills (1930), was the second work the institution ever acquired. The university said it was worth about $15 million, making it the most valuable of the three pieces it could end up selling. Church’s Mountain Landscape was valued at $2 million and Hassam’s Silver Vale and the Golden Gate was valued at $3.5 million. Per the Valpo Post, no sale has been formalized yet, although Christie’s and Sotheby’s representatives have reportedly stopped by the school to consider the pieces in question. The university said it would use the funds to support the building of a new residential complex for first-year students. Read more at Art News.