News Recap: October 2, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

LaToya Ruby Frazier.  Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

LaToya Ruby Frazier. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

LaToya Ruby Frazier Wins MacArthur Genius Grant
Earlier this week, video artist and photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier received a Genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship are awarded $625,000 to be paid in equal quarterly installments over five years. At age 33, Frazier is the youngest of the 24 grant recipients. Her work, “illustrates how contemporary photography can open conversations about American history, class structures, and social responsibility.”
Read more (MacArthur Foundation)

Photojournalist Kikujiro Fukushima Dies at 94
Kikujiro Fukushima, an acclaimed Japanese photojournalist, passed away on September 24 at the age of 94. Known as the “anti-war” photographer, Fukushima frequently criticized Japan’s participation in World War II and spent many decades documenting the war and its aftermath.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

Over 500 Photographs Gifted to The Tang Teaching Museum
Ellsworth Kelly Foundation’s executive director Jack Shear has gifted over 500 photographs to The Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. Among the donated photographs are works by Bernice Abbott, Andre Kertész, Sally Mann, Vik Muniz, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. “Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection,” an exhibition of the donated photographs will open in February 2016.
Read the full story (Art News)