A weekly recap of art world news.
George Eastman Museum Acquires Kodak Film from the 1880s
The George Eastman Museum recently purchased two unopened boxes of Kodak film from the 1880s for their collection. One is the only known box remaining of Kodak film from 1888. The other is one of only three remaining boxes of Kodak Transparent film, which was introduced in 1889. These films held 100 exposures on each roll for 2 ½ inch circular images and were considered a turning point in photo history into the beginning of amateur photography.
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Photographer Bill Jones Dies at 81
Photographer Bill Jones, who was best known for his portraits of black celebrities, passed away at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 81. As a black man, Jones connected with black entertainers early in their careers that the media often overlooked including Whitney Houston, Sidney Poitier, and Quincy Jones. He became a fixture of the red carpet and a regular contributor to Ebony, Jet, Right On, and the L.A. Watts Times.
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David Bowie’s Art Collection To be Sold at Auction
David Bowie’s private art collection will be put on display before being auctioned at Sotheby’s London in November. The 400-piece collection is expected to sell for over $13 million and includes contemporary works from Henry Moore, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frank Auerbach, among others. The exhibition will tour Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong before going to auction in London.
Read the full story (Rolling Stone)