News Recap: March 17, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

The Carl Vilhelm Holsøe painting that led authorities to the thief in Denmark.

The Carl Vilhelm Holsøe painting that led authorities to the thief in Denmark.

Stolen Paintings Found Near Scene of the Crime After 16 Years
Sixteen years after numerous paintings were stolen in Denmark, the Art Loss Register has announced they have been found just 50 miles from the scene of the crime. Last fall, a painting by Carl Vilhelm Holsøe went missing from a private residence in Denmark and turned up an auction in the United States. During a routine auction catalogue search by the Art Loss Register, the painting was discovered and authorities followed the lead to the consigner’s home where an additional seven stolen paintings were recovered.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Panopticon Gallery to Close in April
On Monday, Panopticon Gallery owner Jason Landry announced that he will close the gallery at the end of March to move on to new projects. Located in the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA, Panopticon Gallery was founded by Tony Decaneas in 1971. Landry purchased the gallery in 2010. Roger Farrington’s solo exhibition of celebrity photographs will be the final show. A new, undisclosed tenant is expected to take over the space on May 1.
Read the press release (Panopticon Gallery)

TIME Photographer Ben Martin Dies at 86
Ben Martin, a TIME magazine photographer known for his photographs of important figures and events in the 1960s, has died from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 86. Martin began photographing for his local newspaper, The Salisbury Post, at the age of 15 and by 17 was the youngest member of the National Press Photographers Association. He worked for TIME, Life, and other affiliated publications. Martin’s photographs played an important role in shaping America in the 1960s, having photographed Kennedy’s funeral in 1962, Nixon after losing the debate against Kenedy, and Dr. King during the protest march in Selma.
Read the full story (New York Times)