A weekly recap of art world news.
Europena Collections Launches Massive Historical Photography Database
Europena Collection, a free online art resource, has launched a photography database with over 2 million historical photographs from the first 100 years of photography. The photos were donated to the project from over 50 agencies in 43 countries, from both private and public collections. The new catalogue is led by PHOTOCONSORTIUM and will also feature blogs, themed galleries, and online exhibitions to make discovering new artists within the database easier.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Sam Durant’s “Scaffold” to be Ceremoniously Burned
Beginning today, “Scaffold,” a sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist, Sam Durant, will be removed from its home at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ceremoniously burned by local Native American leaders. The sculpture resembled gallows from historical mass executions, including the execution of many Dakota people in 1862. The Walker acquired “Scaffold” in 2015 and the piece has been widely protested by Dakota Natives since, resulting in an agreement to destroy the work. Durant has apologized, stating, “I just wanted to apologize for the trauma, the suffering that my work has caused in the community.”
Read the full story (ArtNet)
“Fearless Girl” Temporarily Accompanied by “Pissing Pug”
Artist Alex Gardega installed a papier-mâché urinating dog next to “Fearless Girl” in an effort to protest corporate feminism. Gardega removed “Pissing Pug”, just hours later, after public backlash.
Read the full article (New York Post)
David Goldblatt Shows “Ex-Offenders” series in Prisons and Pulls Work from University of Cape Town
South African photographer, David Goldblatt, recognized for photographing ‘ex-offenders,’ is now exhibiting this work in UK prisons. The installations, one in Birmingham and another in Manchester, are safely on display and accompanied by inmate guides. There’s no way to know what will happen to those photos at this time, but Goldblatt is making sure his work at the University of Cape Town is not destroyed by withdrawing it from their collection. Recent riots at the university resulted in the destruction of irreplaceable works by other artists. The University of Cape Town has since concealed any artwork that could be deemed offensive to Black students, a policy that, Goldblatt says, censors freedom of expression. Goldblatt does not know where his collection will live next, but hopes to keep a digital archive of the work in South Africa.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)