A weekly recap of art world news.
Facebook Censors Caravaggio’s Cupid
The most recent in a series of artworks censored by social media, an image of Caravaggio’s nude cupid caused Facebook user Hamilton Moura Filho’s account to be suspended. The 1602 painting, “Amor Vincit Omnia” depicts a cupid standing victorious over musical instruments as a symbol of love’s triumph over war. Because the cupid is shown nude, Facebook determined the image violated the “community standards.” Once again, this censorship sparked outrage among the arts community.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
Griffin Museum of Photography Focus Awards Winners
This past Sunday, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA hosted the 11th Annual Focus Awards. This year’s recipients included author Teju Cole for excellence in Photography Writing, Curator of photographs at MFA Boston, Karen Haas for the New England Beacon Award, and Barbara Norfleet for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Woman from Iconic “Afghan Girl” Arrested in Pakistan
Famously photographed for a 1985 National Geographic cover by Steve McCurry, Sharbat Gula, the “Afghan Girl” was arrested in Pakistan for fraudulent identity cards. After more than a year of investigation, authorities arrested her for obtaining illegal national identity cards for herself and two sons in 1988 and a computerized identity card in 2014 while retaining her Afghan passport. Gula faces up to 14 years in prison and a fine of $5000 if convicted. McCurry has stated that he is committed to providing Gula and her family with legal and financial support.
Read the full story (New York Times)