News Recap: March 18, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Helmut Newton, David Bowie (1983). Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Helmut Newton, David Bowie (1983). Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Helmut Newton’s Contact Sheet of David Bowie Portraits Goes to Auction
Helmut Newton’s never-before-seen contact sheet from a1983 photoshoot with a young David Bowie is scheduled to go up at Heritage’s photographs auction on April 17. Only two of the 36 frames have ever been seen by the public. The contact sheet is estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000, a modest price for Newton.
Read the full story (Art Net News)

Over $15 Million in Stolen Artworks Recovered from Italian Art Heist
Thirteen people have been arrested for participation in the robbery that took place last November at the Museum of Castelvecchio in Verona. The seventeen stolen paintings (including master works by Caroto, Rubens, Pisanello, and Mantegna) have been located in Moldova and are in the process of being recovered. The stolen works are valued at $15 to $20 Million. One of the people arrested is the security guard who was on duty the night of the robbery, his brother, and his female partner.
Read the full story (Art Forum)

Instagram’s New Algorithm Will Bury Your Posts
Instagram recently announced plans to launch a new algorithm to “see the moments you care about first.”  Currently, the popular social media site presents a chronological list of photos posted by the users you follow. Soon, photos will be ordered by what the company thinks will be of interest to the user. This algorithm is similar to the one that Facebook uses in which the same few stories appear repeatedly in the news feed.
Read the full story (Instagram)