News Recap: April 20, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

 Smoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Sept.11, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Smoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Sept.11, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Pultizer Prize Winners in Photography Announced.
Ryan Kelly, previously a photographer at Charlottesville’s The Daily Progress, has won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a car attack in the Breaking News Photography category. The photography staff at Reuters also won a Pulitzer for the coverage of refugees in Rohingya in the Feature Photography category. The Pulitzer board said of the Reuters’ series, “[They were] shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.” Of Kelly’s photograph they said that the photo “reflected the photographer’s reflexes and concentration.”
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

James A. Ganz Named Senior Director of Photographs at Getty Museum
James A. Ganz, previously the curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, has been newly appointed as the Senior Curator of Photographs at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Ganz has worked in the curatorial vein for more than a decade, specializing in 19th century American and European photographers. His new role oversees the Getty’s photography collection of over 150,000 photographs. Ganz issued a statement saying, “I have long admired the Getty’s commitment to photography, from the depth and breadth of its collections to its spacious galleries and ambitious exhibition and publication programs. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on developing and interpreting the museum’s photographic holdings for its diverse audiences, and exploring innovative ways to embrace the public’s special fascination with this dynamic art form.”
Read the full story (Artnews)

Photography Auction Week Has Concluded
April has seen several photography auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips. A portfolio of works personally put together by Diane Arbus set a new personal record at $792,500, but most photographs put up for sale didn’t gain much traction. A photography representative from Christie’s observed that bidders were looking for “material that seems particularly fresh or that is a true masterpiece.” A Bonham’s representative agreed, saying, “When something is very exceptional, we get quite good traction; this season it seems people were quite happy to look at a work and get the experience of a photograph, but less happy to pay for things.” The results from the seven prominent auctions can be found on each respective auction house’s website.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)