Weekly recap of art-world news.
Facebook Bans Art Critic Jerry Saltz
New York Magazine’s art critic Jerry Saltz has developed a large social media following. His posts include historic and contemporary works of art accompanied by hilarious captions. Not all found them hilarious as several followers reported Saltz to Facebook. While he is active on other social media platforms, he is currently locked out of his Facebook account. Many are calling out Facebook for censorship, while others are pleased to see repercussions.
Read the full story (The Verge)
Billionaire William Louis-Dreyfus Donates Art Collection to Charity
The 82-year old businessman’s art collection includes 3,500 pieces and is estimated to be worth $10 million-$50 million. The collection favors lesser known artists but does include big names like Alberto Giacometti. The collection will be sold off and the proceeds will go to the Harlem Children’s Zone, which supports underprivileged children and will provide the organization with a growing pool of capital.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
World Press Photo Prize Revoked, Photojournalism Ethics Questioned
The latest in a series of issues relating to the ethics of staging and manipulation in photojournalism, World Press Photo has revoked the prize awarded to photographer Giovanni Trolio in the Contemporary Issues category. Upon investigation, World Press Photo believes that at least one of the images in the submitted story were not photographed in the location the claimed. Further controversy has erupted over the alleged staging of an image.
Read the full story (New York Times)
Art Student Pays Tuition Through Painting Fundraiser
A $7,000 tuition bill caught Temple University Bachelor’s candidate Noah Hamilton by surprise as he believed his tuition to be covered by a scholarship. Though he initially intended to take time off from school to raise the money needed, he instead put his education and training to work. Setting up an online fundraising campaign, Hamilton exceeded his tuition goal by offering original paintings and drawings at prices for collectors with any budget.
Read the full story (Huffington Post)