News Recap: November 10, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Dmitriy Pavlovich of Russia and Coco Chanel, By Anonymous via Wikimedia Commons

Dmitriy Pavlovich of Russia and Coco Chanel, By Anonymous via Wikimedia Commons

Paris Photo Honors Karl Lagerfeld’s Creativity
The Paris Photo fair is returning to the Grand Palais for its 21st year with Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel as the guest of honor. Lagerfeld has chosen 100 photographs to exhibit throughout the fair with a focus on black and white, as well as abstract, photography. Paris Photo is also opening up to films this year in a partnership with MK2, a French cinema chain, in addition to its photography offerings. You can view all that Paris Photo has to offer November 9-12.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Central Park to Feature a Suffragette Statue by 2020
On November 5 it was reported that the first ever statue of real, historic women is to be erected in Central Park in New York City. A statue featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will be unveiled in 2020, making it the only statue in the park depicting non-fiction women and only the 6th pubic statue of historic women in the city. The statue, to be named the “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument”, will be unveiled on the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment: 100 years after women nationally received the right to vote.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Documentary Photographer Mel Rosenthal Dies at 77
Mel Rosenthal passed away on October 30 at age 77 from dementia. The photographer was known for training his lens on life in the Bronx during the ‘70s and ‘80s, having been born in the neighborhood, by emphasizing it’s humanity with photos of it’s people. Rosenthal’s empathetic love of photographing people took him all around the world from Cuba to Tanzania, documenting the “conditions and social dynamics” of each culture. Rosenthal once said about his work, “I’m not an artist; I’m a messenger.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Armory Show’s Benjamin Genocchio Accused of Sexual Harassment
The latest art world figurehead accused of sexual harassment is the Armory Show’s, now former, executive director, Benjamin Genocchio. Eight women told the Times about their experiences with Genocchio at the Armory Show, Artnet, and Louise Blouin Media, and 11 others came forward as witnesses to his actions. Former deputy director, Nicole Berry, has since replaced Genocchio as executive director of the Armory Show.
Read the full story (The New York Times)