News Recap: September 29, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

Sarah Bernhardt, 1864 by Nadar. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sarah Bernhardt, 1864 by Nadar. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Getty Bans Photographs with a Photoshopping of a Subject’s Weight
In 2015 France passed a law that requires any photos with photoshopped weight to be labeled as such. The law goes into effect this October, with a hefty fine attached to it for violators. With the implementation of this new law, as of October 1, Getty will no longer accept photo submissions with any weight retouching. However, in a statement released by Getty Images, “Please note that other changes made to models like a change of hair color, nose shape, retouching of skin or blemishes, etc., are outside the scope of this new law, and are therefore still acceptable.”
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

Guggenheim to Remove Art Works from Upcoming Exhibition Upon Protests
After extensive protests and alleged threats from animal rights activists, the Guggenheim has decided to pull three works from it’s upcoming exhibition, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. The three pieces, “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” by Peng Yu and Sun Yuan, “Theatre of the World” by Huang Yong Ping, and “A Case Study of Transference” by Xu Bing, are at the center of discussions around animal cruelty. Organizations like and PETA, among others, have penned petitions and written open letters to the museum discouraging the support of animal cruelty. The Guggenheim stated, “As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Yayoi Kusama Opens Tokyo Museum
“Queen of the Polka Dots” Yayoi Kusama, opens her museum this Sunday. Kusama created this space, “to support the display of her paintings and immersive installations even after her death.” The interactive space will hold four 90-minute sessions of 50 people per day and tickets are sold out through November. Exhibitions will rotate every six months, because as Kusama says, “Since I was 10 years old I have been painting every day and now there is not a day that I do not paint. I still see polka dots everywhere.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)