News Recap: June 30, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Salvador Dali by Carl Van Vechten via Wikimedia Commons

Salvador Dali by Carl Van Vechten via Wikimedia Commons

522 Diane Arbus Photographs Acquired by Art Gallery of Ontario
With the help of Frankfel Gallery, Phil Lind, Sandra Simpson, and others, the Art Gallery of Ontario acquired 522 photographs by Diane Arbus, nearly 200 of which were printed by the artist herself. This major acquisition was accompanied by a statement from the Art Gallery of Ontario. “Diane Arbus is known for images that engage and entrance the viewer, revealing untold stories about her subjects but also making us think about ourselves. The expansion and development of our photography collection are a priority, and there is no better way to signal our intentions than with a transformational acquisition of this depth and breadth. We are incredibly grateful to our donors for their support, for a collection that is a gift to the AGO—and to the people of Ontario as well.”
Read the full story (Art News)

Innovative Printer and Photographer, Richard Benson Dies at 74
Richard Benson, teacher, photographer, printer, and innovator, died of heart failure this week at the age of 74. He leaves behind a legacy of photographic reproductions in museums and collections around the world. Benson was renowned for his photographic reproductive processes, comparing his process to that of a painter, using the darkroom, offset printing presses, and eventually inkjet printers. Sarah Meister, a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, said, “Richard was as gifted a technician and inventor as he was an artist. He really breathed life into photographic reproductions.”
Read the fully story (The New York Times)

The MoMA Receives $50 Million Expansion Gift
Stephen A. and Alexandra Cohen’s foundation made a $50 million donation to the Museum of Modern Art in New York this week to support the museum’s expansion. The Cohen’s have been avid supporters of the arts and the museum stated, “Steven and Alex Cohen are incredible philanthropists, whose longtime generosity to the museum exemplifies their deep commitment to sharing the art of our time with the widest possible audience.” The MoMA is expected to complete its renovation by 2019.
Read the full story (Art News)

Salvador Dali’s Body to be Exhumed for DNA Testing
Pilar Abel Martínez claimed that she is Salvador Dali’s biological daughter in 2007. Since then, she’s been fighting to be recognized as such, leading to the exhumation of Dali’s body for DNA testing. The Dali Foundation opposes the intrusion and is preparing to launch an appeal. If Martínez is found to be the daughter of the famous surrealist, it would mean that Dali had an affair while married to Gala, and Martínez could make a claim for the Dali estate, currently owned by the Spanish state.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)