News Recap: December 22, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Judy Garland By Richard Avedon via Wikimedia Commons

Judy Garland By Richard Avedon via Wikimedia Commons

A New Book on Richard Avedon Falls Under Scrutiny by the Foundation
Earlier this year, a new biography on Richard Avedon, co-written by Avedon’s former studio manager, Norma Stevens, was released. However, the Richard Avedon Foundation claims that the book is full of falsehoods and was never fact checked. In the biography’s pages are details about Avedon’s rumored personal life—bisexuality and affairs among other things—and Stevens’ experience with his death. While the Foundation has yet to dispute Avedon’s sexuality, it is still compiling a list of falsehoods from the published book.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

FotoFest International Reveals 2018 Artist List
The 2018 FotoFest International has revealed its list of 48 artists for the 17th edition of the biennial. All of the artists selected by curator Sunil Gupta are of Indian descent, responding to “what India means today in its myriad complexities, given its ancient culture and more recent emancipation from British colonialism,” as well as, “the issues and the technology that define photography in the world today.” Participating artists include Indu Antony, Pablo Bartholomew, Atul Bhalla, and Mohini Chandra.
Read the full story (ArtNews)

The Jewish Museum Cuts Connection with Curator Jens Hoffmann
International curator, Jens Hoffmann, has been accused of sexual misconduct. The Jewish museum is the latest of several cultural institutions to sever ties with Hoffmann, following The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Kadist Foundation, and the Front Triennial. After reviewing the harassment allegations, the museum stated, “as this is an internal and confidential matter, we will not be sharing further details.” Hoffmann claims to have “never knowingly or purposefully behaved in a bullying, intimidating, harassing, or sexually inappropriate manner.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)