News Recap: December 19, 2014

Weekly recap of art-world news.

50 Paintings Stolen from Madrid Gallery
Like something out of a movie, in the wee hours of the morning, three men broke into an a commercial art gallery near the Museo del Prado and stole 50 paintings with an estimated value of $490,000.
ead the full story (ArtNet News)

 
Aiken, South Carolina © Eliot Dudik

Aiken, South Carolina © Eliot Dudik

PhotoNOLA Prize Winners Announced
Eliot Dudik is the winner of the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review prize and will receive a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery next year as well as a cash prize and marketing consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson. Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Susan Kae Grant were awarded the second and third prizes respectively.
Read more (PhotoNOLA)

 

The State Art Museum of Uzbekistan in Tashkent (photo by Abdullais4u/Wikimedia)

The State Art Museum of Uzbekistan in Tashkent (photo by Abdullais4u/Wikimedia)

Fakes Artwork Replaces Those Sold by Uzbekistan Museum Director
Over the past 15 years, Mirfayz Usmonov, the director of the State Art Museum of Uzekistan, systematically sold original works in the museum’s collection and replaced them with forgeries.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

 

Julien Frydman Steps Down as the Head of Paris Photo
After four years as the director of Paris Photo, Frydman announced he will be leaving his position to pursue a new project which he has yet to release.
Read the full story (L’Oeil de la Photographie)

 

Celebrity Photographer Phil Stern Dies at 95
Known for his relaxed, behind the scenes photographs of Hollywood’s elite, Phil Stern died December 13 in Los Angeles. During his fifty-year career published two books and gained a reputation for his intimate photographs during Hollywood’s golden years.
ead the full story (PDN)

 

PhotoNOLA 2014

Seth Curcio reviews portfolios.

Seth Curcio reviews portfolios.

Last week I had the privilege of attending PhotoNOLA as a portfolio reviewer. As someone who spends a great deal of time writing about photography on the internet (and in print), it was nice to get out from behind the screen. The photographers who sat at my table presented both finished and in-progress work in a variety of genres. I was very impressed by the quality, and also their eagerness to have a discussion about their work, rather than simply expectations of praise and opportunity. I can only hope that they enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

Portfolio reviews. If you look closely, you can see the back of my head.

Portfolio reviews. If you look closely, you can see the back of my head.

I was only able to review 24 of the 70 participating photographers, but the folks at PhotoNOLA organized a portfolio walk on Friday evening where each photographer presented their portfolios at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. All of the reviewers as well as the general public wandered through the tables to see  photographers whom they did not review. In addition to the new photographers I met, I also had the opportunity to finally meet several people who have been published in Don’t Take Pictures.

Here is some standout work that I was fortunate enough to encounter.


Robbie McClaran From Here On

Rebecca Drolen Transplants

Lisa McCord Rotan Switch

Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures.

In Motion: Her Morning Elegance

This series showcases those who have expanded their artistic palate, moving from still to motion, or motion to still.

Her Morning Elegance is a collaborative stop motion film by musician Oren Lavie and Israeli photographer Eyal Landesman. The only stop-motion video to ever earn a grammy nomination, this whimsical video accompanies the song of same name by Lavie. 2096 still photographs make up this delightful narrative in which the sleeping woman navigates her dreams. The camera remains stationary while bedroom linens and clothing move across the mattress as personifications of the birds, trains, and fish she dreams of. Following its incredible success as a music video, the creative duo are now offering prints of the individual still images.

Read more about the project here.

Do you make moving images or know of someone who does? Let us know at info@donttakepictures.com.

News Recap: December 12, 2014

Weekly recap of art-world news.

Popeye by Jeff Koons

Popeye by Jeff Koons

Suing Your Art Dealer Won’t Get You Far
Art world titan Larry Gagosian has triumphed in another lawsuit from one of his clients. The suit accused Gagosian of manipulating Ron Perelman into spending millions of dollars on a Popeye sculpture. The appellate division of the New York Supreme Court threw out the suit, believing that Perelman did not have a strong argument.
Read the full story (Business Insider)

 
Phantom © Peter Lik

Phantom © Peter Lik

$6.5 million Photograph Sets a New Record and Earns Substantial Criticism
Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik has surpassed Gursky for the most expensive photograph ever sold. The piece titled Phantom is a black and white image of Antelope Canyon in Arizona. The sale has cause quite a stir regarding the merits of the photograph itself and photography’s general role in the art world.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

 
Fulton Ryder

Fulton Ryder

Richard Prince’s Secretive Bookstore To Close
Fulton Ryder, the secretive bookstore owned by Richard Prince in NYC’s Upper East Side, will close on December 25.  The store published notable books, staged gallery shows, and participated in art fairs. Plans for the future remain undetermined.
Read the full story (ARTnews)

 

Your Drone Camera May Require a Pilot’s License
The FFA is considering implementing a requirement to obtain a pilot’s license to operate a remote controlled craft for commercial purposes. The drone operator would undergo the same training as airplane pilots as well as adhere to special drone-related rules.
Read the full story (Popular Photography)