News Recap: February 19, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.


Barbary lion Sultan in the Bronx Zoo’s Lion House, April 1903. Photo ©WCS

Now extinct in the wild, Barbary lions once roamed North Africa. Sultan was one of the most famous animals in the early Bronx Zoo.  He was among the earliest residents of the Bronx Zoo’s Lion House and a popular subject for artists and sculptors.  According to the society’s November 1914 Bulletin, Sultan had a “particularly fine mane of rather a dark hue, which pleases the sculptors and painters because it is not too abundant, and does not mask the muscles of the shoulder.”

Bronx Zoo Receives Grant to Preserve Negatives
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo’s photography department boasts over 70,000 film and glass plate negatives dating back to 1901. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials, from now until June the WCS will rehouse a portion of the archive to protect it from deteriorating. After June, the WCS intends to raise funds to digitize and rehouse the entire collection.
Read the full story (Wildlife Conservation Society)

Typography Lovers Revolt Against The Met’s New Logo
To accompany the Met Breuer that will open in the former location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is rebranding. A new logo designed by global branding firm Wolf Olins will be unveiled March 1, along with the Met Breuer launch. The two-tiered design reads “THE MET” in red, blocky lettering with exaggerated serifs. A sneak peak of the logo has already received negative feedback from critics and typography lovers everywhere.
Read the full story (Vulture)

Paris Photo LA is Discontinued
Scheduled to take place April 29 – May 1 at Paramount Studios, the fourth edition of Paris Photo LA has been cancelled indefinitely. Jean-Daniel Cmpain at Reed Exhibition France citied a lack of collectors and sales in previous years as the main reason for discontinuing the event. Paris Photo in Paris will take place as expected this coming November.
Read the full story (L’Oeil de la Photographie)