News Recap: February 12, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Artur Fischer holding his patented drywall anchor. Photo: Fischerwerke

Artur Fischer holding his patented drywall anchor. Photo: Fischerwerke

Starbucks Branch in New York’s Gallery District Now Sells Paintings
Located in Chelsea amid some of the biggest galleries in New York City, a new Starbucks café boasts a dedicated space for showing and selling art. The current exhibition features paintings and drawings by Robert Otto Epstein, which range from $1,000 to $3,000. The company claims that they are allowing emerging artists to gain exposure for their work in the coveted Chelsea neighborhood and proceeds from sales will go towards Free Arts NYC, a non-profit arts education organization.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

The Inventor of the Synchronized Camera Flash Dies at 96
Artur Fischer, a German inventor with over 1,100 registered patents, passed away at the age of 96. Fischer patented the synchronized flash system in 1947. Before his invention, a separate, powder flash that had to be ignited with a cord was required for interior photographs. Frustrated with failed attempts at photographing his newborn daughter with the cumbersome powder flash, Fischer invented one that triggered a flash in conjunction with the shutter’s release. This device was purchased by the camera company Agfa and is still used today.
Read the full story (New York Times)

$60,000 Warhol Screen Print Found in $200 Craigslist Deal
While purchasing a couch off of Craigslist for $200, a New Jersey woman accepted a free box of “junk” from the seller. The box contained an Andy Warhol screen print from his “Torso” series that is valued at $60,000. The woman discovered the screen print of male genitalia once she got home and claims to have known the print was valuable right away from the signature and Warhol Foundation stamp on the back. You know what they say, one man’s trash…
Read the full story (Page Six)