News Recap: June 23, 2017

A weekly recap of art world news.

Photo: Dorothea Lange via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Dorothea Lange via Wikimedia Commons

Award Winning Irish Photographer, Richard Mosse, Arrested and Released in Greece
Richard Mosse, winner of the 2017 Prix Pictet award, was arrested while peacefully observing an anti-refugee rally in Chios this week. Mosse said, “The police seemed to jump to the conclusion, based on me being a foreigner and wearing black, that I was an anarchist and must be arrested. I hurt no one; spoke to no one; bumped into no one; harassed nobody. If, as an EU citizen, I can be treated in this way by a European police force, how then are stateless and vulnerable refugees treated?” Mosse was released shortly after fellow photographer Daphne Tolis told the police they had made a mistake.

Mosse has won many awards for his photographic work documenting the journeys of North African and Middle Eastern refugees. “I’ve seen such warmth and compassion from the people of Lesbos but here on Chios the vibe is completely different,” Mosse stated on Instagram. “Extremist, angry and afraid.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Picasso and Basquait Artworks are of Interest in International Money Laundering Scheme
Major artworks gifted to actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio were allegedly purchased with stolen money. Art collector Jho Low is a person of interest in this case as a financer at 1 Malaysia Development Behad (1MDB), the company accused of misappropriating public funds for private interests. Valued at $3.2 and $9 million respectively, Pablo Picasso’s “Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau” and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Redman One” were gifted to DiCaprio by an associate of Low’s and the famous works of art are voluntarily being turned over to the FBI by DiCaprio for further investigation.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

186 Photographs Donated to J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Bruce Berman, a major art collector and one of the founding members of the Getty Museum’s Photograph’s Council, has gifted 186 photographs to the museum as of June 15. The donated works include art by Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, William Larson, Dorothea Lange, Martin Smith, and Camilo José Vergara among others. Berman’s gift to the Getty Museum will make his contributions total over 700 photographs, stating, “It gives me great pride to share these wonderful works with the Getty and future generations of Los Angelenos.”
Read the full story (Art Forum)

Memorials and Scholarships Launched in Memory of Khadija Saye
Last week, Khadija Saye passed away in the Grenfell Tower fire. The Venice Biennale and emerging photographer is being remembered through a series of donations to scholarship funds and two proposed memorials in her name. Creative Access has created the Khadija Saye internship fund, having received one herself, with a goal of raising £10,000. Saye’s work is currently on view at the Tate in remembrance of the artist and those lost in the Grenfell fire.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)