A weekly recap of art world news.
Facebook Censors Famed “Napalm Girl” Photograph
Facebook has come under attack by Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper for deleting a post of the iconic “Napalm Girl” photograph by Nick Ut because of the subject’s nudity. Facebook’s removal of the post about seven photos that changed the history of warfare prompted an open letter to Facebook by editor-in-chief Espen Egil. Egil and criticism from Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has written an apology letter to Norway’s Prime Minister.
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MoMA Releases Digital Archive of Exhibition Images
The Museum of Modern Art has made its exhibition photographs and documents available online. The digital archive project includes nearly 33,000 installation photographs, encompassing many historic and ground-breaking exhibitions. Additionally, pages from 800 out-of-print catalogues, over 1,000 exhibition checklists, and documents related to more than 3,500 exhibitions from 1929 to 1989 have also been made available. The photographs show the evolution of the space from its humble beginnings in rented offices on Fifth Avenue, to the contemporary space we are familiar with today.
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Cindy Sherman Among Winners of the 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award
In its 28th year, the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes in art, architecture, and film. Among this year’s recipients is photographer Cindy Sherman, sculptor Annette Messager, architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and filmmaker Martin Scorses. A ceremony will take place in October in Tokyo. His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi will hand out the medals and monetary prizes of $143,000 each.
Read the full story (Artforum)