A weekly update of art world news.
Tate Acquires Martin Parr’s Photobook Collection
Respected photographer and well-known photobook collector Martin Marr has given his entire photobook collection to Tate. The collection includes 12,000 photobooks collected by Parr over 25 years. Selected books will be included in exhibitions and displays at Tate’s galleries, and the entire collection will be available to the public in Tate Britian’s reading room.
Read the full story (British Journal of Photography)
Bruce High Quality Foundation to Close Its Free University
Seth Cameron, the former president of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University has announced the school is closing. The school opened eight years ago for students interested in “MFA-quality” classes without high tuition costs. Courses in drawing, painting, theory, and other subjects were taught by a variety of artists and were completely free.
Read the full story (The Brooklyn Rail)
Joan Colom Dies at 96
Joan Colom, a Spanish photographer best known for his photographs of marginalized people in his hometown of Barcelona, has died at the age of 96. Colom was a self-taught photographer who also worked as an accountant until 1986. In 1957 he joined the Photographic Association of Catalonia and cofounded the avant-garde artist group El Mussol in 1960. Colom photographed “from the hip,” without aiming his camera, which resulted in a body of work of Barcelona’s urban and marginalized residents. 500 of these photographs were featured in his first exhibition in 1961. Colom is considered one of Spain’s leading photographers.
Read the full story (Artforum)