News Recap: June 24, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Members of the union protesting government austerity measures. Photo via AUE's Facebook.

Members of the union protesting government austerity measures. Photo via AUE's Facebook.

England Establishes Its First Artist Union
The first trade union for visual, applied, and socially engaged artists in England was established on June 6, 2016. The Artists’ Union England (AUE) took three years and $6,400 to receive its certificate of independence from the government. This certification proves the union to operate democratically for and on behalf of its professional membership, and without an employer’s influence.
Read the full story (Artforum)

Chinese Street Photographer Fan Ho Dies at 84
Acclaimed Chinese photographer Fan Ho died of pneumonia on June 19 in San Jose, California at the age of 84. Ho gained international attention with his street photography depicting 1950s Hong Kong, for which he won many photography awards. Over the course of his decades-long career, Ho was named a top photographer in the world and considered one of the most influential photographers in Asia. He exhibited his photographs worldwide, and his images appeared in publications including the New York Times and the BBC.
Read the full story (Digital Photography Review)

Two People Arrested in Possession of 10,000 Stolen Artworks
Spanish police have arrested a duo on the suspicion of theft of 10,000 artworks. Officers who raided a house in Bullas, Spain seized 4,000 archaeological artifacts, 5,000 rare coins, 100 paleontological artifacts, 40 paintings, and 30 16th century manuscripts. The works are believed to have been assembled from 15 robberies.
Read the full story (Daily Mail)