A weekly update of art world news.
Nan Goldin Joins Instagram
Contemporary photographer, Nan Goldin joined Instagram on December 13. She has since accrued over 14,000 followers by posting 23 photos of her old work and new portraits, accompanied by a few artworks by other artists. Goldin’s captions are descriptive, but not just titled works: “Self portrait as a Dominatrix Boston 1977 (a long time ago)”. You can follow Goldin at @nangoldinstudio.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Chuck Close Accused of Sexual Harassment, “Apologizes”
In exposés published by Huffington Post and The New York Times, at least four women have come forward to accuse painter Chuck Close, of sexual harassment. The womens’ experiences share a narrative of sexual power plays using the false pretense of art as an excuse to see women naked. By using inappropriate language, unprofessional methods, and eager stares, Close made the women uncomfortable. Close has since issued an apology, saying, “Last time I looked, discomfort was not a major offense. I never reduced anyone to tears, no one ever ran out of the place. If I embarrassed anyone or made them feel uncomfortable, I am truly sorry, I didn’t mean to. I acknowledge having a dirty mouth, but we’re all adults.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)
Tim Rollins Dies at 62
Artist Tim Rollins died at age 62 of natural causes this week. Rollins was well known for his work challenging who “can make and appreciate art” as well as his collaborative spirit. He worked with Kids of Survival (K.O.S.) for over three decades and moved many people with his art. Rollins’ representing gallery, Lehmann Maupin said in a statement, “Tim was an inspiring and groundbreaking artist, educator, and activist, who touched and changed so many lives.” K.O.S. also issued a statement, saying that though his services will be private, “Please know that we are greatly moved by the tremendous outpouring of your love and kind thoughts. We want to let you know that with your help and continuing support, we do plan on continuing Tim’s visionary work.”
Read the full story (Artnet News)