News Recap: December 23, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Self-portrait by Marti Friedlander via Wikimedia Commons.

Self-portrait by Marti Friedlander via Wikimedia Commons.

Marti Friedlander Dies at 88
New Zealand-based photographer Marti Friedlander has died at the age of 88. Born in London, Friedlander lived in England where she studied photography at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, until moving to New Zealand with her husband in 1958. It was there that she took up photography full time, producing numerous books including her landmark publications “Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century.” She was the subject of a documentary by Shirley Horrocks titled “Marti: The Passionate Eye.” Having explored the country’s people and culture with her lens for decades, Friedlander is considered New Zealand’s leading photographer.
Read the full story (The Guardian)

Close Friend of Deceased Painter Pat Trivigno Arrested for Theft of Paintings Valued at $1.4 Million
Eve Trivigno, the widow of painter and Tulane University professor Pat Trivigno, was sorting through her late husband’s paintings when she left for the night. When she returned the next day, 14 paintings had gone missing. Trivigno reported the theft and authorities noticed one of the paintings concealed under a bed sheet in the guesthouse, which had been rented by Courtney Lether for nearly five years. Authorities found additional stolen items during their search and Lether was arrested for theft.
Read the full story (New Orleans Advocate)

Pope Francis Appoints Barbara Jatta as First Female Director of Vatican Museums
Pope Francis announced that Italian art historian Barbara Jatta will assume the position of director of the Vatican Museums on January 1, 2017. Jatta is the first woman in history to hold this position. Jatta has worked for the Vatican since 1996. The museum is comprised of 54 galleries, receives approximately six million visitors annually, and its collection includes Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, Giotto’s Stefaneschi Triptych, Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno, Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness, and Caravaggio’s Entombment.
Read the full story (Art Net News)