News Recap: May 4, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

 Étienne Terrus,  Vue d’Elne  (1900) (public domain image)

Étienne Terrus, Vue d’Elne (1900) (public domain image)

Over Half the Artworks in Musée Terrus in Elne, France are Forgeries
The Musée Terrus is a dedicated to painter Étienne Terrus and is one of the main attractions in the small town of Elne, where Terrus was born and lived most of his life. Several months ago the museum closed for restorations. At this time, art historian Eric Forcada was brought in as a consultant when he realized that 82 of the 140 works in the collection are forgeries. Forcada described the artworks as “crude” and some paintings feature architecture built after Terrus’ death in 1922.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Columbia University MFA Students Demand Tuition Refunds
Fifty-one of the 54 students in Columbia’s visual arts MFA program are demanding full tuition refunds citing decrepit facilitates and absentee instructors. The students met with Provost John Coatsworth and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences David Madigan asking that their tuition be refunded. The tuition for the 2017-18 school year is $63,961. Coatsworth told the students that the university would not provide refunds while agreeing that the program is a “disgrace.” The MFA program is among the top 10 in the world and is also the most expensive. Prentice Hall, the building where many students have their studios, has issues of flooding, lack of heating and excessive heating, falling ceilings, and other problems. In addition to sub-par facilities, of the 11 full-time faculty members, three are on sabbatical, one was fired in January amidst allegations of sexual misconduct, and one is only teaching undergraduate classes.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

San Antonio Museum of Art Acquires 50 Brett Weston Photographs
The San Antonio Museum of Art has acquired 50 photographs by the late Brett Weston, son of photographer Edward Weston. The pieces were a gift from philanthropist and collector Christian Keesee, founder of the Brett Weston Archive. Made from 1940 to 1985, the works depict the American southwest. The gift adds to the museum’s growing collection of over 1,500 photographs, which consist primarily of documentary, photojournalism, and street photography.
Read the full story (Art News)