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Multi-faith art exhibits stolen and vandalised at Gloucester Cathedral

Plus: Dispute continues over Anselm Kiefer show in Beijing | Jay Sanders to take over as director of Artists Space | Andrew Goldstein appointed editor-in-chief at artnet News | Museum discovers rare Rembrandt drawing in its collection

14 February 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Vandals target multi-faith art display at Gloucester Cathedral | A number of works of art celebrating diversity and religious tolerance on display at Gloucester Cathedral have been stolen and vandalised, reports the Guardian. The exhibition, which was organised by artist Russell Haines, had provoked complaints from Christian groups for including works featuring Islamic imagery. ‘The point of this project was to show and to emphasise what we all have in common, precisely not to tell people what they ought to think,’ said Haines. ‘I never thought this would happen, although I knew some people would not like it.’

Dispute continues over Anselm Kiefer show in Beijing | The organisers of Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum’s recent Anselm Kiefer show have spoken out against the artist and his galleries, who have refused to give their support to the exhibition. According to The Art Newspaper, Kiefer and his gallerists all said the show had been mounted against their wishes when it opened in November. Beate Reifenscheid, the exhibition’s chief curator, said: ‘Curators must respect the artist but also be able to work for the wider public’s benefit. If all artists and their art dealers could control when, where, and why their art is displayed in museums after it’s sold, the public interest would not be fully served’.

Jay Sanders to take over as director of Artists Space | Whitney Museum curator Jay Sanders is to become executive director of New York’s Artists Space, replacing Stefan Kalmár, who left to take the lead at London’s ICA. Sanders, who will start in April, takes over at a pivotal time for the nonprofit. It is still searching for a permanent home after losing its Greene Street premises in June. ‘We could not have hoped to recruit a more brilliant executive director to carry forward this essential institution’, the co-chairs of the Artists Space executive search committee said in a statement.

Andrew Goldstein appointed editor-in-chief at artnet News | Andrew Goldstein is to succeed Rozalia Jovanovic as editor-in-chief at artnet News after the latter announced her departure last week. Goldstein has a history of online arts editorial, having previously served as editor of Artspace. ‘I am thrilled to join artnet at a pivotal moment for the art industry, during a year of extraordinary activity in the contemporary art world and seismic changes in the culture at large’, Goldstein said in a statement.

Museum discovers rare Rembrandt drawing in its collection | The Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, Germany, has announced that it has identified a drawing of a dog as a work by Rembrandt. According to Deutsche Welle, the museum has had the work in its collection since the 1770s, but it is only now, after forensic analysis, that it has been attributed to the Dutch master. The museum had previously attributed it to German artist Johann Melchior Roos.

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