News Recap: September 20, 2019

A weekly recap of art world news. 

Maurizio Cattelan's  America  (2016) when it was installed in a restroom at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. (Kris McKay/Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

Maurizio Cattelan's America (2016) when it was installed in a restroom at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. (Kris McKay/Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

Germany Plans Photography Archive
German culture minister Monika Grütters has created a team to develop plans for a central institution to archive and publicize Germany’s photographic cultural heritage. She believes that it is “the job of the federal government to protect the work of important photographers, just as it does works of literature or music.” Historically, the management of the country’s photographic legacies has been the domain of museums and university archives, but museums often decline photographers’ estates due to lack of resources. Some have expressed concerns about the initiative, stating that determining the criteria for included works could be messy in its attempts to distinguish fine art from journalism or fashion.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Man with Knife Attacks French Modernist Painting at Centre Pompidou
A man has been arrested for attacking a painting by French modernist Daniel Buren with a knife at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The painting, “Peinture (Manifestation 3), 1967,” was badly damaged and has been removed from view for an assessment by conservation professionals. Using museum security footage, police were able to find the subject and arrest him. At this time, no motive has been determined.
Read the full story (Artforum)

Gold Toilet Sculpture Stolen from Blenheim Palace
Last weekend, a sculpture by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan worth an estimated $6 million was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. The sculpture is a solid eighteen-karat gold toilet titled “America” and was on display in Cattelan’s solo exhibition, Victory Is Not an Option. The toilet, which functions, was stolen early on Saturday. The thieves caused significant flooding and damage to the building. Cattelan told the New York Times that he believes the theft to be a prank. Two suspects have been arrested.
Read the full story (BBC)

Vancouver Street Photographer Fred Herzog Dies at 88
Fred Herzog immigrated from Germany to Vancouver in 1952 where he worked as a medical photographer for local hospitals. In his spare time, he photographed the people, buildings, and daily life on city’s streets. His use of color film was groundbreaking as many artists did not yet take color photography seriously, thinking it garish. Herzog made his body of work independent of institutional support until 2005 when Equinox Gallery owner Andy Sylvester began representing him. In 2014, Herzog received the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.
Read the full story (Vancouver Sun)