Weekly recap of art world news.
Newly Discovered Photographs of World War I
A recent BBC documentary, The Man Who Shot the Great War, tells the story of Lance Corporal George Hackney who illegally documented the war from locations on the Western Front. His photographs offer a new perspective on "The Great War."
Read the full story (BBC)
New Whitney Museum Building Will Open in May
Whitney Museum director Adam D. Weinberg announced on Wednesday that the museum’s new building in Manhattan’s meatpacking district is scheduled to open on May 1, 2015. Designed by Renzo Piano, the new building at 99 Ganesvoort Street will have both indoor and outdoor galleries for twice the exhibition space of its previous location. The old Breuer building is slated to become a satellite of The Met for eight years starting in 2016.
Read the full story (New York Times)
U.S. Copyright Victory for Haitian Photographer
After a four-year fight over copyright infringement, Haitian photographer Daniel Morel has won his case. The suit involved eight photographs originally sent out over social media, and subsequently distributed to major news outlets. A New York jury found Agence France-Presse and Getty Images responsible for willfully infringing upon Morel’s copyright.
Read the full story (New York Times Lens Blog)
The Smithsonian Plans $2 Billion Remodel
At 168 years old, The Smithsonian Institution is in need of an upgrade. For a mere $2 billion, it will upgrade its many museums and gardens. Renovations will take place from 2016-2036 and will include the revitalization of the Castle, the construction of a new green space, and many other restorations.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)