News Recap: August 11, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Photo by Alfred Stieflitz via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Alfred Stieflitz via Wikimedia Commons

MoMA to Auction Over 400 Photographs
Christie’s Auction House will be offering up over 400 works of photography from MoMA’s collection over the next year. The auctions are expected to take place online and in person, beginning October 10. The sales will include work by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many more with the funds benefiting the acquisition department of photography at MoMA. A representative stated, “These auctions represent a unique opportunity to support the Museum and own a piece of photographic history.”
Read the full story (ARTnews)

15 Artworks Stolen from the Streets of Paris
On August 2 and 3, two men posing as city workers in Paris stole 15 tile works by a street artist known as Invader. Recognized for his 8 bit tile artworks, Invader has had to deal with thieves before and began using stronger glues and fragile tiles to deter them. However, “They’ve realized that the older pieces don’t stick as well because they’ve focused their efforts on those. They know what they’re doing, they’re professionalizing.” The social media outrage has been documented, as well as photographs of the two imposters.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access Increases Traffic
The Met’s recent Open Access photo project, offering over 90% of their public domain works for high resolution download, has resulted in an increase in traffic to their website and image downloads. But the Met isn’t stopping there. After the success of Open Access and partnerships with Wikimedia and Creative Commons, the Met is partnering with Google’s BigQuery, an analytics platform that is “making it possible to do automated image recognition analyses across all 385,000 public-domain images.” Anyone is welcome to use the Met’s Open Access photographs for both scholarly and commercial purposes under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.
Read the full story (ArtNet)

Arlene Gottfried Dies at 66
Arlene Gottfried passed away on August 8 at the age of 66 after struggling with cancer. Beginning with her siblings as her muses, Gottfried worked as a commercial photographer before earning a living through street photography in her native New York City. Publishing numerous books, Gottfried took photos of strangers and friends, becoming known for her intimate photographs. Her work is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art and can be found in museum collections around the world.
Read the full story (Time)