News Recap: January 19, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

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Google Arts and Culture Goes Viral
You can now find your art twin thanks to a new selfie feature in Google’s Arts and Culture app. An estimated 20 million selfies have been uploaded to the app where it matches your facial features to that of a documented work of art. A representative from the Brooklyn Musuem of art commented, “The success of Google’s project comes as no surprise to me, or probably to anyone else who works in a museum. It’s really simple. People love to see themselves in art.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Yale Center for British Art Adds 125 Photographs to Collection
Collectors Claire and James Hyman have donated 125 photographs to the Yale Center for British Art. The photographs, including work by Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy, and Jane Brown, are now on view at the museum through March 29. In a statement accompanying the gift, James said, “Claire and I hope that by making this donation at such a seminal moment it will help provide a platform for the Center’s ambitions to develop its engagement with British photography.”
Read the full story (Artnews)

China Opens State-Funded Photo Museum
After announcing plans to build a photography museum in 2014, the Lianzhou Museum of Photography (LMP) opened at the end of 2017. Lianzhou, a smaller city in China, is also the home of the international photo festival, Foto Lianzhou. Among other cultural institutions dedicated to photography in the country, LMP has more creative freedom and plans to focus on expanding their collection, education, and research. The Museum is funded primarily by the state and its inaugural exhibition, featuring the work of Zhang Hai’er, Zhuang Hui, Baptiste Rabichon, and Albert Watson, is on view through April 2.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

Damien Hirst Takes Over His Instagram Account
Something changed this week on the @damienhirst Instagram account — artist himself has taken over the previously staff run social media profile to express something of a reflective diary on his career. While the motivation behind this move is unknown, Hirst is joining the likes of Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin in the utilization of the internet to grow an audience.
Read the full story (Artnet News)