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Cultural leaders call for free movement in post-Brexit Britain

13 July 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Art-world leaders call for freedom of movement for artists in post-Brexit Britain | Yesterday afternoon saw the Creative Industries Federation’s inaugural international conference in London. Both Nicholas Serota, recently appointed chair of Arts Council England, and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new director Tristram Hunt used the occasion to speak out about the importance of freedom of movement for the arts in a post-Brexit Britain, the Guardian reports. Serota described the ‘two-way flow of talent’ as ‘crucial to the arts in Britain’, announcing the creation of a new fund by the Arts Council to allow artists and creatives to ‘experience the value of working abroad’. In Hunt’s speech, the former Labour MP assured that the V&A would be looking to ‘make sure our exhibitions have a global footprint.’

Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass windows will return to restored home | Seven windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s will be returning to their original home at the Martin House Complex in Buffalo, New York, which has recently been restored. The panes are being returned by the University of Victoria in Canada, which purchased them at a public auction nearly five decades ago, during a period of neglect and decline for the Lloyd Wright-designed property. Further windows remain in the collections of museums and galleries including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Daniel LaRue Johnson (1938–2017) | American artist Daniel LaRue Johnson, whose work is currently on show at Tate Modern’s ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’, has died. Johnson, who was politically and creatively engaged with the civil rights movement from the 1960s onwards, is perhaps best known for his large-scale public sculptures, such as the minimalist monument Peace Form One (1980).

German galleries launch Condo-style co-operative programme | Three Düsseldorf and Cologne-based galleries – Ginerva Gambino, Jan Kaps, and Max Mayer – have launched Okey Dokey, a new gallery-swap programme in the vein of London and New York’s Condo. Seventeen galleries from elsewhere will be hosted in nine spaces across Cologne and Düsseldorf for the duration of the project, which runs from 8–30 September 2017.

Tapei’s National Palace Museum creates free image archive | Around 70,000 high-quality electronic images of works from Tapei’s National Palace Museum collections have been added to a free-to-download library on the museum’s website. The institution, which holds a large archive of material on China’s imperial history, reportedly plans to upload an additional 500 new images per year.