A weekly recap of art world news.
Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87
Legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away in Manhattan following a stroke. He was 87. Cunningham photographed fashion as seen on the streets of New York for The New York Times for nearly 40 years. In 2008, Cunningham received the Legion of Honor from the French government and in 2009, was designated a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
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World’s Oldest Operating Photo Studio Closes
Considered the world’s oldest photo studio in operation, Bourne & Shepherd, closed this past June after the owners’ loss of a 14-year legal battle over the space. The studio was founded in Kolkata, India in the 1860s where it produced cabinet cards and carte de visite. The company is named for its founding British photographers Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd and owns a massive camera used by Bourne as well as thousands of film and glass negatives and prints. The destiny of this equipment and archives is uncertain.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Ringling Museum Donor Sues for Refund of Millions
Since 2006, Helga Wall-Apelt pledged over $8 million to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art since and is now suing the institution for breach of contract and demanding her donation be refunded. The money she had promised was intended for the creation of a new Asian art wing that would also house her collection. At the time of the donation it was agreed that the funds would be matched by the state of Florida. Complications arose with the funding and in 2013 the Wall-Apelt sent the institution a notice of default.
Read the full story (Artforum)