News Recap: December 21, 2018

A weekly update of art world news. 

Michael Paul Smith in Elgin Park. Photo © Michael Paul Smith

Michael Paul Smith in Elgin Park. Photo © Michael Paul Smith

Michael Paul Smith Dies at 67
Michael Paul Smith, known for photographs of miniature sets, passed away at the age of 67. Creator and mayor of Elgin Park, Smith’s miniature vintage cars and hand-crafted store fronts in his fictional town served as beautiful tableaus in the photographs that he made with a cheap camera. The expressive skies above his sets caught the resonated with millions of viewers and instilled a sense of magical wonder.
Read the full story (New York Times)

Leica Launches M Camera LEGO Sets
Leica has collaborated with the Lego Company to introduce a new form of DIY camera. The camera is made completely of Legos and can be assembled in various combinations. Although the kit itself does not come with instructions, a tutorial website on how to assemble many different forms of camera is available. The cameras are available from Leica Store Miami and are designed to look like the company’s famed rangefinder line.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

Kaywin Feldman Named National Gallery of Art’s First Female Director
For the first time in the National Gallery of Art’s 77-year history, a woman has been named Director. Kaywin Feldman joins the National Gallery after serving as Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. At the MIA, Feldman substantially increased the museum’s collection and is said to have helped raise attendance rates by nearly double. Feldman will succeed Earl A. Powell III, who has served as Director since 1992.
Read the full story (New York Times)