News Recap: September 8, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Nellie Farren in Aladdin, 1881. Upcoming in Sotheby's auction. Photo by W. & D. Downey Photographers, London, via Wikimedia Commons

Nellie Farren in Aladdin, 1881. Upcoming in Sotheby's auction. Photo by W. & D. Downey Photographers, London, via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Institutions in Florida Prepare for Irma
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida and the surrounding areas this weekend. Right on the tail of Hurricane Harvey, a category 3 storm, Irma, a category 5 storm, is causing museums in the area to shut down and take precautions. The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), The Wolfsonian, ICA Miami, Vizcaya Museum, The Bass Museum, and many others are shuttered through the weekend, deinstalling artwork and putting many pieces in secure art storage. Mark Rosenblum, Director of PAMM, stated, “We are being very proactive in preparing the exterior and interior of the museum to make sure the art, facility, and surrounding areas are secure.” A representative from The Bass added, “Our number one priority is ensuring that our staff and community are prepared for this event and we hope everyone remains safe during and after the storm.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Recognized War Photographer Found Fraudulent
On September 1, BBC Brazil reported Eduardo Martins and his photographs to be fake. The so-called photographer created images that appeared to have been made in war-destroyed zones like Iraq while using the visual identity of Max Hepworth-Povey in what we now know are photoshopped images using other’s photographs. Martins’ images have since been removed from several news websites as well as Getty Images. Martins has retreated to Australia and deleted his social media accounts, stating, “I want to be in peace.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Sotheby’s Launches Contemporary Photography Auction
The first ever Sotheby’s auction dedicated to contemporary and post-war photography will be taking place on September 28 in New York. The latest reports show that photography is the most valuable and fastest growing collectible today and the auction is expected to raise between $2.1 and $3.1 million with 94 lots for sale. Sotheby’s regular photography auction will carry on as usual October 5.
Read the full article (ArtNet)