News Recap: January 26, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

Photo by Stan Petersen via  Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Stan Petersen via Wikimedia Commons

Art Rangers Established to Benefit National Parks
A new non-profit by the name of Art Rangers has been established to help fund the United States National Parks. The organization is selling fine are photography prints and donating 100% of the proceeds to The National Parks Foundation. The project’s website cites its inspiration as follows: “The national parks have always been there for us. They have been our refuges and inspiration, our playgrounds, and classrooms. With 84 million acres of natural treasures spread across more than 400 parks in all 50 states, it’s hard to imagine a world without them.” The Art Rangers are currently holding a photography contest to raise awareness for their cause.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

The Last Known Photograph of Gerda Taro Discovered
Legendary war photographer, Gerda Taro, died in the field as the first woman to ever photograph on the frontlines of battle. On January 16, John Kiszely unknowingly shared a photo of his father treating Taro on Twitter. The caption reads: “Just dug out this photo of a young doctor with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War in 1937 - my father.” While additional research is needed to confirm that it is indeed Taro, a biographer of the photographer has stated that, “My very first impression is that it does look very like Gerda Taro. The thing that inclines one to think it is Gerda Taro is the short hair and those very thin eyebrows, and just the fragility of the body.”
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

New York Magazine Commissions 50 Artists for 50 Covers for its 50th Year
Since its founding in 1968, New York Magazine has featured an array of artists on its cover. This year, the publication, owned by New York Media, is celebrating it’s 50th birthday with 50 covers by 50 New York-based artists. The first eight covers have been released, featuring designs by the likes of Marilyn Minter, Yoko Ono, and Hank Willis Thomas. The covers will be released throughout the year in various forms and will culminate in an exhibition this autumn.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Sarah Lewis Takes Over The New Yorker’s Instagram
Art Historian Sarah Lewis is posting photographs on The New Yorker’s photo department Instagram. In curating the selection, Lewis asked herself, “What are 15 images that chronicle America’s journey toward a more inclusive level of citizenship?” Lewis is a professor at Harvard using images like these to teach courses on art, race, and justice.
Read the full story (Artnews)

Flooding Threatens Parisian Cultural Institutions
The latest natural disaster threatening the arts is happening in Paris. The city has been suffering through extreme rainstorms for the past several days causing the Seine River to flood. Due to the increase in water, the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay have closed to safeguard their collections. Just last June, the Louvre’s collection suffered minor damage at the hands of another flood.
Read the full story (Artnet News)