Weekly recap of art-world news.
A Minnesota Family Becomes Majority Owner of Polaroid
A $70 million deal has earned The Pohland family 65% of the Polaroid company, which is based in Minnetonka, MN. The Pohlad family, who also own the Twins baseball team, purchased a large amount of shares from the bankruptcy.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)
12 People Including Four Cartoonists Killed in Paris Media Massacre
On Wednesday, masked gunman attacked the Paris office of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. Among those who died were four of France’s most highly regarded cartoonists. The attack is thought to have been a reaction to the magazine’s portrayals of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.
Read the full story (BBC News)
Outcry Over Madonna’s New Album Promotion
In a social media campaign to promote her new album, the cover of which features her face wrapped in bondage cords, pop musician Madonna has been reprimanded for disrespectfully modifying the portraits of notable celebrity figures.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
Chairman of the New York Photographs Department Denise Bethel Leaves Sotheby’s
During her 24 years in Sotheby’s department of photographs, Denise Bethel has transformed the photographic auction market. She has set nearly every major record for photographs including The Pond-Moonlight by Edward Steichen, the most expensive vintage photograph ever to have sold at auction.
Read the full story (I Photo Central)