A weekly recap of art world news.
Artist-in-Residence Stuck on Bankrupt Container Ship
British artist Rebecca Moss boarded the Hanjin Geneva container ship sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai on August 24 as part of an artist-in-residency program. The Seoul-based shipping company filed for bankruptcy on August 31 and was barred from entry ports worldwide due to concerns that the company could not pay its port fees. The Geneva is currently anchored off the coast of Japan waiting for a resolution. The captain has instructed the crew to ration food and water and Ms. Moss, the fifth resident in the Twenty-Three Days at Sea Traveling Artist Residency program, is stranded.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
Victoria & Albert Museum Director Steps Down After Brexit Vote
The Victoria & Albert’s director, Martin Roth, will resign his position this week and return to his native Germany as a direct result of the Brexit vote. Appointed in 2011, Roth became the museum’s first ever foreign director. During his time at the V&A, Roth staged the enormously successful Alexander McQueen retrospective and the David Bowie exhibition. The McQueen show “Savage Beauty” attracted a half a million visitors and became the museum’s most-visited exhibition. Roth will publicly outline his reasons for leaving later this week.
Read the full story (Artforum)
Photographers Sue Motley Crüe for Unauthorized Use of Photos on Tour Merch
Rock photographers Barry Levine and Neil Zlozower are suing the metal band Motley Crüe for using their images on tour merchandise without permission. The photographs depict the band in their heyday in the 1980s and have been placed on t-shirts, stickers, and more. The merchandise was sold on the band’s farewell tour, which has sold more merchandise than any other tour. The photographers are seeking monetary compensation.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)