A weekly recap of art world news.
Library of Congress Acquires 681 Photographs of U.S. Public Libraries
Photographer Robert Dawson has documented 526 of the 16,000 U.S. Public Libraries over the course of 20 years, accruing a diverse portfolio of these important community buildings. The Library of Congress recently announced its acquisition of 681 of Dawson’s photographs as well as negatives, maps, and other material used in his research. The images will be included in the Library of Congress’ current archive of American Library Documentation.
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The Obamas Add Modern Art to the White House Collection
Most of the art on display in the White House are traditional pastoral landscapes, realism portraits of important American figures (mostly white men), and other older works by American artists. In an effort to bring the White House’s collection into the 21st century, The Obamas have included works by Rothko, Sam Francis, Rauschenberg, and other modern and contemporary artists.
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Annie Leibovitz Extends Her Landmark Women Project
In 1999, Annie Leibovitz published Women, a collection of portraits of famous women. The photographer conceived of the idea with her partner Susan Sontag in the 1990s. Even after the book’s publication, Leibovitz has quietly continued the project to include famous women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, and Caitlyn Jenner. The new portraits will be exhibited alongside the original work in an exhibition that will tour Istanbul, Tokyo, Mexico City, Singapore, and New York beginning in January 2016.
Read the full story (Art Net News)