News Recap: November 3, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Photo from the Barnes Foundation collection. W. & D. Downey Photographers, London, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo from the Barnes Foundation collection. W. & D. Downey Photographers, London, via Wikimedia Commons

Barnes Foundation to Embrace Open Access
Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation just announced a new Open Access program, making over half of its collection available to view online. The Barnes Foundation has been against documentation of it’s works in the past, banning color photography of the work until 1991. This is just the most recent advancement to make the Barnes Foundation more accessible after a move from rural Pennsylvania to a facility in Philadelphia. You can now view 2,081 of the Barnes Foundation’s collection of 4,021 works of art here.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Powerful Letter Against Sexual Harassment in the Art World Receives Over 5,000 Signatures
In light of the lawsuit, sexual harassment allegations against, and resignation of Knight Landesman, arguably the most powerful publisher in the art world, thousands have come together by signing a letter hosted on This letter was created and signed by art world professionals who have experienced sexual harassment and stand in solidarity with those who have come forward. The letter quotes Jenny Holzer’s famous piece, “Abuse of power comes as no surprise,” and inspired the viral hashtag #notsurprised.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Berkshire Museum Temporarily Ordered Against Selling 40 Works at Auction
The Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts was due to auction 40 works at Sotheby’s this November to fund a “new vision” renovation to the museum. As of Monday, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) granted a restraining order against the museum, temporarily blocking the sale of the art. There are concerns that not all of the auctions would be legal due to contracts and restrictions on the museum’s assets, and the AGO needs more time to investigate. Sotheby’s has stated that it is, “fully committed to the Museum’s success and, unless a court rules otherwise, will proceed with the auctions beginning on 13 November.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)