Morning Links: Money Laundering Allegations Edition

Wildenstein Gallery in New York. COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Wildenstein Gallery in New York.


The director of the Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, is leaving to head the Calouste Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon. She had been director at the museum since 2010. [The Guardian]

Royal Bank of Canada’s wealth-management subsidiary in the Bahamas is reportedly involved in tax fraud and money laundering allegations that center on billionaire art dealer Guy Wildenstein. [The Globe and Mail]

Five members of staff, including chief curator Dan Cameron, have been let go at the Orange County Museum of Art. The layoffs are part of a restructuring plan under the museum’s new director and CEO Todd DeShields Smith. [Los Angeles Times]

Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner are turning over the SoHo-based art-advisory service founded by Westreich over thirty years ago, Thea Westreitch Art Advisory Services, to business partners Suzanne Modica and Ashley Carr. [Artforum]

Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died. Churcher was the first woman to hold that position. [Artnet]

The International Digital Photo Archive Consortium, which includes the Frick Art Reference Library in New York, the National Gallery of Art library in Washington, DC, London’s Witt Library (the Courtauld Institute of Art), the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg in Germany, and seven other institutions, are planning to digitize their 14 photo archives and thus make all 31.5 million images easily searchable on the internet. [The Art Newspaper]

Andrea Ferrero’s Peruvian gallery, Revolver, will not be showing at this year’s Art Lima fair, which runs from April 23-26. He cites “attacks against freedom of expression” by the city’s mayor, Luis Castañeda Lossio, as the mayor’s department has suspended events including a performing arts festival, a weekly rock concert and the monthly “museum night” in Lima. As well, as stated in the Art Newspaper, the mayor told Reuters in March that he plans to remove 20 murals in the city’s downtown district. [The Art Newspaper]

The NY Times explains exactly why 100,000 works of art stolen by Nazis during WWII are still lost ahead of the Helen Mirren-starring film, The Woman in Gold, which hits theaters today. [The New York Times]

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