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Artforum’s Knight Landesman Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Amanda Schmitt, a former Artforum employee, and 8 other women, have issued a lawsuit against Artforum Publisher, Knight Landesman. Schmitt, a curator in New York City and the plantiff in the sexual harassment lawsuit, worked at Artforum from 2009-2012, during and after which Landesman allegedly approached her with inappropriate touching and language, even suggesting private meetings. The other women have come forward with similar stories. Landesman has since resigned from the publication that he founded and ran for over 30 years. Artforum’s remaining publishers, Anthony Korner, Charles Guarino, and Danielle McConnell, issued a statement saying, “We will do everything in our ability to bring our workplace in line with our editorial mission, and we will use this opportunity to transform Artforum into a place of transparency, equity, and with zero tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind.”
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Conde Nast International Bans Terry Richardson
The American branch of Condé Nast hasn’t worked with fashion photographer Terry Richardson in years. He is now banned from all of Condé Nast International’s publications, including Vogue, GQ, Glamour, and Vanity Fair. A leaked email sent by Condé Nast International EVP and COO, James Woolhouse, stating, “Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson,” surfaced this week after the New York Times ran a piece labeling Richardson the “Harvey Weinstein of fashion.” In recent history, several models accused Richardson of sexual misconduct and abusing his power. In 2014 Richardson claimed, “I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.” Richardson, at the time of writing, has yet to comment on this development.
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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Adopts 30 Second Selfie Rule
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors opened at the Broad on October 21 in Los Angeles, and after instating a 45 second rule for each infinity room, the museum has since reduced the time to 30 seconds to accommodate the selfie-driven crowds. Kusama’s show sold over 90,000 advance tickets and offers standby tickets to those willing to wait in line to see the exhibition. This is the first American museum survey of Yayoi Kusama’s work and will be on view through January 1, 2018 at the Broad before traveling to the Art Gallery Ontario and the Cleveland Museum of Art later next year.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)