News Recap: July 31, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

The current covers of ArtNews and Art in America.

ArtNews and Art in America Announce Merger
Due to struggles finding an audience in the digital era, the two long-running and respected print arts publications have announced that they will be merging, along with owner Peter Brant's other publications, The Magazine Antiques and Modern Magazine. Though the details of the merger are still unclear, Art in America's staff will move to ArtNews' office in October. Art in America's website, along with two other sites, will be shut down leaving only artnews.com. Both ArtNews and Art in America will continue to produce print issues 11 times per year, but ArtNews will adjust its model to produce themed editions.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Photographer Purchases Billboard Ad to Display Nature Photographs
To give commuters on the Massachusetts freeway some unexpected beauty, Brian Kane purchased advertising spaces on digital billboards to display photographs of nature. The project titled “Healing Tool” replaces the part of the landscape that the billboard blocks with a photograph of the natural surroundings.
Read the full story (This is Colossal)

Dick Cheney’s Staff Photographer’s Unseen Photos of 9/11 Published by United States
356 photos from the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have been uploaded to the U.S. National Archives’ Flickr Gallery. The photographs were made by Dick Cheney’s staff photographer and depict President Bush, Dick Cheney, and other officials in the Emergency Operation Center bunker. The photographs’ release is a response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by PBS’ Frontline.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

New Website Database Lists Which Sites Allow Selfie Sticks
Whether you use selfie sticks or not, the website canibringmyselfiestick.com will let you know which attractions allow the devices. Those of you who wish to use them can easily find out which museums, amusement parks, etc. allow them, and those of you who are anti-stick can know which places you may want to avoid.
Read the full story (Popular Photography)