News Recap: February 2, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

 Sarah Charlesworth , Doubleworld , 1995, cibachrome print with mahogany frame, 50 1/4 x 41 x 1 3/16 in.  © The Estate of Sarah Charlesworth. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Sarah Charlesworth, Doubleworld, 1995, cibachrome print with mahogany frame, 50 1/4 x 41 x 1 3/16 in. © The Estate of Sarah Charlesworth. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Paula Cooper Gallery Now Representing the Estate of Sarah Charlesworth
The latest gallery to represent the Sarah Charlesworth Estate is Paula Cooper Gallery in New York. Internationally recognized “pictures generation” photographer Sarah Charlesworth passed away in 2013. Since then, the demand for her work has skyrocketed. Paula Cooper joins Maccarone in Los Angeles and Campoli Presti in Paris and London in representing Charlesworth’s estate.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Before stepping down from his role as Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic, Patrick Witty was accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct in the workplace. National Geographic conducted an investigation and allowed Witty to resign from his post in December without making a public announcement. The accusations include sexual harassment, threats of professional retaliation, and damaging their credibility after rebuffing his sexual interest. Witty has since released a statement through his lawyer: “I’m deeply sorry that some of my past behavior has been hurtful to women. This new dialogue is enlightening to me, as a man undergoing a much-needed awakening, and as a father who wants to do better by his own son in the hope that he’ll know, and help to shape, a culture of respect and equality for all. I wholeheartedly embrace and support this movement.”
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Simon Baker Named Director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Succeeding Jean-Luc Monterossoo as the director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie is the Tate’s first photography curator, Simon Baker. Monterossoo, who has held the position since the institutions founding in 1996, will be leaving the museum in March. After assuming his role in April, Baker intends to “devise a new and exciting programme of exhibitions that will showcase the best post-war and contemporary practice.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

National Gallery of Art Postpones Chuck Close and Thomas Roma Exhibitions
Due to the recent allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Chuck Close and Thomas Roma, the National Gallery of Art (NGA) has indefinitely postponed the exhibition of their work. The NGA has nearly 50 Chuck Close works and over 80 photographs by Thomas Roma in its permanent collection from which the shows, scheduled for 2018, were curated from. A representative of from the museum stated: “Given the recent attention on their personal lives, we discussed postponement of the installations with each artist. All parties involved acknowledged that it is not the appropriate time to present these installations.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)