News Recap: December 15, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Sarah at her writing desk. Photo ©Mark Jenkinson, 2015

Sarah at her writing desk. Photo ©Mark Jenkinson, 2015

Sarah Coleman, Founder of The Literate Lens, and Friend of Don’t Take Pictures, Passes Away
On December 8, The Literate Lens published a statement about the passing of its founder, Sarah Coleman. After fighting lung cancer for two years, Coleman died on December 3. She was a contributor to issue 7 of Don’t Take Pictures and leaves behind the launch of her last novel, The Realist, about photographer Bernice Abbot.
Read the full story (The Literate Lens)

Mary Kelly Archive Acquired by The Getty Institute
The work of prominent conceptual artist of the 1960s, Mary Kelly, is the latest acquisition of the Getty Institute. Kelly is known for her project-based practice using photography and unconventional mediums to explore feminism and women’s roles in society. Her latest works have also investigated the migration of images and digital production. Kelly gave a statement about the acquisition, saying, “I am thrilled to be included in the collection and honored to be part of an on-going collective legacy of such significance.”
Read the full story (ArtNews)

Photographer Bouchra Khalili is Shortlisted for Hugo Boss Prize
The 2018 shortlist of six artist contenders for the Hugo Boss Prize has been announced. Including among them is Bouchra Khalili, a French-Moroccan photographer and videographer making work about immigration and belonging. Every two years, the Guggenheim Musuem presents a $100,000 award, sponsored by Hugo Boss, to a contemporary artist making work about pressing social issues. The award also comes with a solo show at the Guggenheim Museum. The other five artists in the running are Simone Leigh, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

No One Can Figure Out Who Owns Salvator Mundi
Numerous articles have been published about the rumored owner of da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, but no one has quite figured out the full story behind the $450 Million purchase. So far, it is known that Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed of Saudi Arabia is involved in the purchasing of the painting. It has also been announced that the Louvre Abu Dhabi is now the owner. According to statements from the Prince and the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Prince Bader purchased the painting for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where it will be on display. However, there are still details about the deal that are unclear.
Read the full story (Artnet News)