News Recap: August 18, 2017


A weekly update of art world news.

Photo from the Fotografiska collection by Anders Zorn (1860-1920) via Wikimedia Commons

Photo from the Fotografiska collection by Anders Zorn (1860-1920) via Wikimedia Commons

London Museum of Photography Opening in 2018
The Swedish photography organization Fotografiska is launching a new space in London’s East End near Whitechapel Gallery. Leasing a 89,000 square foot space in the new White Chapel building, the renovation is expected to conclude next year. This gallery is in addition to Fotografiska’s Center for Contemporary Photography in Stockholm and a rumored new New York space.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Confederate Art Quickly Removed Across America
Following the deadly events in Charlottesville, VA on August 11 and 12, cities across the country have expedited the removal of commemorative confederate statues. Baltimore, MD removed all four of the city’s statues overnight with no warning to the public in an effort to avoid any protests like the ones last weekend. A confederate statue, known as “Old Joe,” in Gainesville, FL was also removed. Protesters forcibly took down a confederate statue in Durham, NC on August 14. The cities of Lexington, KY, Nashville, TN, and Jacksonville, FL are also currently in the process of removing offensive statues. Finally, the catalogue of arts in Louisville, KY is under review for works that promote “bigotry, racism and/or slavery.” These events are in addition to the increased vandalism to America’s remaining monuments and statues of art commemorating the confederacy and those involved.
Read the stories (Hyperallergic, Hyperallergic, Hyperallergic,  ArtNet)

Stolen William de Kooning Returned
The University of Arizona Museum of Art is celebrating the return of a long-lost de Kooning painting. Stolen in 1985 and missing for 32 years, Woman-Ochre (1954–1955) was finally returned to the museum after being discovered by the owners of Manzanita Ridge Furniture & Antiques in New Mexico. After realizing that it was a de Kooning, they immediately returned it to the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The police chief responsible for the case has since stated, “I was always very optimistic that one day we would find the painting, but it’s hard to describe the emotion of it coming home. There’s this sense of relief and happiness. It’s a sense of calm. It’s back, it’s home, it’s where it should be. We know the art is worth an awful lot of money, but the story behind it is priceless.”
Read the full story (ArtNet)

Award Winning New York Photographer Michael Schwartz Dies at 73
At the age of 73, Daily News photographer, Michael Schwartz passed away from cancer. While staying “feisty to the end,” Schwartz was “a true photojournalist if there ever was one,” winning many awards throughout his long career. Schwartz is recognized for his coverage of events in the Bronx, 9/11, and always taking the ultimate “breaking news photo.”
Read the full story (NY Daily News)