A weekly update of art world news.
Robert Delpire, Editor and Photography-as-Art Publisher, Dies at 91
The art world lost a beloved photography advocate last week. Robert Delpire, an editor and art enthusiast who elevated photography as an art, passed away in Paris on September 26. Delpire was passionate about photographers who used their lenses to think and create beyond observation. He published numerous books, edited many magazines, and curated countless exhibitions with the integrity given to art photographers today. Delpire was known to be uncompromising in his work supporting artists, reimagining the photobook completely. He once said, “Those who say what they think in their photos — they’re the artists.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)
Museums in Puerto Rico Reopen
Still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria, and with thousands still without power, food, water, or shelter, Puerto Rico has begun reopening it’s art institutions. The Museo de Arte de Ponce reopened on September 28 and is currently running on a volunteer schedule, free to the public until October 9. The Instituto de Cultura Peurtorriqueña is launching an initiative for local artists to provide cultural programs for those affected by the hurricanes and The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MACPR) is providing free programming in addition to collecting materials to help the community. A representative from MACPR stated, “Today more than ever we are sure that art and culture will be important tools that will help our people cope and recover from this crisis.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)
Frieze Art Fair Opens Today
The Frieze Art Fair in London opens to the public today after a stunning preview turn out. After whispers of worry at last year’s fair following the Brexit vote, the London art trade is thriving. As Nate Freeman writes in this Art News piece, “The city is as much of an art capital as ever.” Those in London can attend the fair through October 8.
Read the full story (Art News)