A weekly recap of art world news.
Newly Discovered Photograph of Harriet Tubman Goes to Auction
An album of cartes-de-vistie contained a previously unrecorded photograph of Harriet Tubman. The photograph, made between 1865 and 1868, shows the famed abolitionist in her mid-40s wearing a dark blouse and checkered skirt, staring straight into the camera. There are only a handful of known photographs of Tubman. This image was made by an unknown local photographer in Auburn and will be part of the Printed & Manuscript African Americana at Swann Auction Galleries.
Read the full story (The Citizen)
2017 World Press Photo Contest Winners Announced…and Criticized
This year’s World Press Photo Contest winning images are not without controversy. The Pictures of Year was awarded to Burhan Ozbilici for his photograph of a Turkish assassin moments after killing Russian ambassador Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara, Turkey. The WPP jury was divided on whether or not to give an award to the violent photograph. Also included among the winning images is Jonathan Bachman for Contemporary Issues, Paula Bronstein for Daily Life, Laurent Va der Stockt for General News, and more.
Read the full list (World Press Photo)
Davis Museum Takes Down All Art by Immigrants in Protest of Trump’s Travel Ban
For one week, the Davis Museum in Wellesley, MA will protest President Trump’s travel ban by removing from view all artworks made by immigrant artists, or donated by immigrant collectors. The protest event, titled “Art-Less” begins February 16 and concludes on President’s Day, February 21. The African and European collections will be most affected by creating voids in the museum’s Modern and contemporary holdings, including the removal of Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller’s portrait of George Washington, painted after the artist emigrated from Sweden in the 1790s, and donated to the museum by the Munn family, who emigrated from Sweden after World War II.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)