A weekly update of art world news.
Mapplethrope Biopic Slated for Extended Release
This March marks the extended release of Mapplethrope, a biopic starting Matt Smith as American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The film about the legendary photographer’s controversial career premiered in April 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and shows Mapplethorpe’s life in New York City’s underground BDSM scene and how his photographs made in that environment brought him fame in the 1970s. The film follows his life until his early death from AIDS in 1989 at the age of 42.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)
Mary Boone Claims Trauma to Avoid Jail Time for Tax Fraud
Mary Boone Gallery opened in SoHo in 1977 and is known for showing works by prominent artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Salle. New York Magazine declared New York gallerist Mary Boone “The New Queen of the Art Scene” in 1982. In the last decade, Boone has been part of a series of scandals and pleaded guilty this past September to filing false tax returns for herself and her gallery in 2011. She has been charged with falsely claiming $1.6 million in personal expenses as business expenses as well as claiming a business loss when in fact the gallery made a profit of $3.7 million. Boone is facing up to six years in prison. With her sentencing scheduled for later this month, Boone’s lawyers have filed a motion asking for “home confinement and probation with up to 1,000 hours of community service” in lieu of jail time, citing that a troubled and unstable childhood led to mental health issues, a suicide attempt, and drug and alcohol abuse and played a role in the crimes she committed.
Read the full story (The New York Times)
New England College to Absorb New Hampshire Institute of Art
New Hampshire Institute of Art, a non-profit college for creative arts founded in 1898 and located in Manchester, NH will merge with New England College, located a half hour away in Henniker, NH. New England College states that, “the two institutions [will] be merging to enhance the delivery of academic programs to streamline administrative services.” The merger will add approximately 350 students from the art school to the 2,700 student body population of New England College.
Read the full story (New England College)