News Recap: May 19, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Photo by Johan Hansson, Gävle, Sweden - Agfa Isolette via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Johan Hansson, Gävle, Sweden - Agfa Isolette via Wikimedia Commons

Polaroid Under New Ownership
A group of investors led by the Smolokowski family have acquired the Polaroid brand and intellectual property from the Pohlad family, Gordon Brothers, Hilco Global and others. Mr. Smolokowski is a Polish businessman and investor, as well as the majority shareholder of The Impossible Project, the company that purchased the last Polaroid factory in 2008. Polaroid’s headquarters will remain in Minnetonka, MN.
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X-Ray Reveals Impressionist Painting Underneath Another Painting
“Young Woman at the Piano,” one of Frédéric Bazille’s important Impressionist works, thought to have been lost or destroyed, has been discovered thanks to x-ray technology. “Young Woman at the Piano” was the first work that Bazille submitted to the official Paris Salon. The artist had in fact painted over the work to create “Ruth and Boaz,” one of his last paintings. 
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Harvard Art Museum Acquire Schneider/Erdman Printer’s Proof Collection
The Harvard Art Museums have acquired a collection of 443 printer’s proof photographs from Gary Schneider and John Erdman. The collection will be featured in an exhibition “Analog Culture: Printer’s Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981-2001.” Additionally, the artists have gifted the Schneider/Erdman archive including test prints, glass plates, and records from their photography printing lab.
Read the full story (Harvard Art Museums)