News Recap: May 13, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

French Mechanic Purchases Unknown Renior Online for $700
Ahmed Ziani, an unemployed mechanic in France, has been paying his bills by buying and selling low-priced artworks until he gets back on his feet. Recently, he purchased a painting listed in the classifieds site Le Bon Coin for $700. Ziani believed the work to be an unsigned painting by Vernet, but when the piece arrived, Ziani’s 11-year-old son discovered a barely legible signature and date on the canvas: A. Renoir, 1864. Records show the painting had been exhibited in 1865, but all future records have disappeared. Experts are now examining the work to confirm authenticity, which if true, could put the painting’s value in the tens of millions.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Botched Photoshop Job Calls the Authenticity of Steve McCurry’s Work into Question
One of the most well known names in National Geographic photojournalism, Steve McCurry has recently come under scrutiny for digitally manipulating his photographs…and badly. A sloppy Photoshop manipulation was brought to worldwide attention when a photographer noticed it at an exhibition in Italy and posted the mistake on his blog. Since then, the original photograph has been removed from McCurry’s website and the photographic community has ruthlessly dug into the photographer’s archive to find additional evidence of manipulation, calling the honesty of his entire body of work into question.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Facebook Allows 360° Photos on News Feed as a First Step Towards VR
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that 360-degree photographs will soon be able to be uploaded to the site. When seen in the news feed, viewers will be able to pan the phone, drag the image with your finger, or virtually enter the picture with a Gear VR set.
Read the full story (Engadget)