News Recap: May 6, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Photographer Claims Copyright Infringement by National Portrait Gallery’s for Use of Prince Portrait
Photographer Lynn Goldsmith claims the Smithsonian Institution distributed her photograph of Prince to the media without her permission. The day after the musician’s death, the National Portrait Gallery displayed a print of the 1993 portrait in their In Memoriam space. Additionally, the museum made a digital copy of the photograph available to for download on the Smithsonian website. The license director for Goldsmith’s studio says that the museum’s actions are a violation of the copyright. By April 26, the Smithsonian had ceased to make the image available for download and the two parties are now discussing damages.
Read the full story (PDN Pulse)

Photographer Charles Gatewood Dies at 73
Charles Gatewood, known for his photographs of extreme subcultures, died on Thursday at the age of 73. Though he worked for various magazines including The Manhattan Tribune, Time, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times, Gatewood is best known for his edgy personal work. Taking his camera to gay pride parades, the downtown NYC art and music scenes, strip clubs, and more. In the late 1980s, Gatewood moved to San Francisco to photograph the subcultures of tattooing and other body modification, as well as extreme sexual practices. He was the subject of two documentary films, and has published several photo collections including the seminal book “Sidetripping.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Fire Destroys New Delhi Natural History Museum
On May 3, a fire at the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi spread downward from the top floor, destroying numerous exhibitions. Included among the damages are the 160-million-year-old bones of a dinosaur that are thought to have been destroyed. The building sustained major damage, partly due to the malfunctioning water pumps that would have ended the fire much sooner. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Read the full story (The New York Times)

“Mr. Sixties” Photographer Philip Townsend Dies at 75
From 1960 to 1969, Philip Townsend documented the essence of 60s popular culture. Known as “Mr. Sixties,” his black and white photographs show the eccentric people and events, particularly in the music scene, of the era. Townsend made the first professional photographs of the Rolling Stones, and photographed notable cultural figures including Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Page, The Beatles, and many more. Townsend retired from photography in 1969, pursuing myriad careers including opening a bar in Spain. His work is held in several museums including the V&A and has been exhibited in major galleries including Saatchi’s exhibition of the Rolling Stones.
Read the full story (The Guardian)