News Recap: April 8, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes via Wikimedia Commons

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes via Wikimedia Commons

Possible Long-Lost Caravaggio Painting Discovered in France
Caravaggio painted two versions of “Judith Beheading Holofernes.” The first version of this biblical scene is on display at the National Gallery of Ancient Art, and the second painting has been missing since the early 17th century. Recent reports claim that the second, long-lost version may have been discovered in France in the possession of private owners. The Ministry of Culture has placed a preemptive ban on the painting to present its exit from the county while the authenticity is established. If authenticated, the painting could be worth $113 million.
Read the full story (Art Net News)

Artist Claims Mapplethorpe Stole His Photographs, Sues for $65 Million
Artist Bobby Miller is suing the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and several galleries and museums, claiming his photographs of the late Mapplethorpe have been presented as Mapplethorpe’s self-portraits for decades without his permission. The photographs in question were made in 1979 and show Mapplethorpe dressed in drag. Miller insists that the foundation has misrepresented his own work as the work of the late photographer, violating his “exclusive image rights.” Miller is asking for $45 Million from the Mapplethorpe Foundation and an additional $20 Million for galleries and museums including The Whitney, the Solomon R. Guggenheim, Skarstaedt Gallery, and others.
Read the full story (New York Post)

2016 Guggenheim Fellows Announced
On April 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 175 Guggenheim Fellowships (including three joint Fellowships) to 178 scholars, scientists, and artists. This is the 92nd year that the competition has been held. The Fellows were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 application and include 11 photographers.
Read the full list (Guggenheim)