A weekly recap of art world news.
Outrage Over Okhotsk Sea Museum’s Photography Competition
The Okhotsk Sea and Ice Museum in Japan has canceled its annual photography competition after this year’s judge selected a photograph of a man standing triumphantly atop a beached whale. The judge claimed that he thought the whale was alive at the time the photograph was made and that the image showed a special connection between man and nature. The museum immediately faced criticism for its insensitivity, and has apologized for its poor judgment.
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Civil Rights Photographer Bob Adelman Dies at 85
Known for his vivid photographs of the segregation and brutality of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, photographer Bob Adelman passed away at the age of 85 on March 19 in Miami Beach. Adelman was a volunteer for various civil rights organizations, allowing him access to historic events like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln memorial, and protestors attacked by fire hoses in Birmingham, Alabama. He began his career photographing jazz musicians before turning his lens to more socially relevant subjects. Adelman remained committed to documenting racial discrimination until his death.
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National Gallery of Art Receives $30 Million Challenge Grant
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given the National Gallery of Art a $30 million challenge grant to support education, conservation, digital programs, and the museum’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. The institution is required to match the first $15 million, with $45 million from private sources, within five years. After that goal has been reached, the Mellon foundation will gift an additional $15 million.
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