News Recap: October 26, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.  

Vincent van Gogh, photograph by Jacobus de Louw, The Hague, January 1873, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) (b4784)

Vincent van Gogh, photograph by Jacobus de Louw, The Hague, January 1873, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) (b4784)

Photograph of Van Gogh as Art Dealer Discovered
A photograph of Vincent Van Gogh at 20 years old has just been found in the depths of the London National Portrait Gallery’s collection. There are very few photographs of the artist, due in part to Van Gogh’s distaste for portrait photography—this is the only photograph of Van Gogh as an adult (one other shows him at a distance from behind). The photo was made in 1879 after Van Gogh began working as an art dealer’s assistant at Goupil Gallery in London. The artist was reportedly fired shortly after for his lack of tact.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper

Art Institute of Chicago Allows Public Access to Over 44,000 Images
As a part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s website redesign, over 44,000 images from the museum’s collection have been made available to the public under the Creative Commons Zero license. The available images allow unrestricted access and have enhanced image viewing capabilities. You can view all 44,313 images here. The Art Institute’s decision to make their collection digitally accessible and free follows in the footsteps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which did the same in 2017.
Read the full story (Artnet News

Photographer Pulls Show, Accuses Bal Harbour Officials of Censorship
New York-based photographer Pacifico Silano was set to show a new series of work in the Bal Harbour neighborhood of Miami when he pulled the plug due to censorship. After Silence, a series of photographs depicting aspects of the late Richard Marshall’s gay pornography collection, was to be publicly exhibited from November-February on the Bal Harbour beach path. During the editing process, it is alleged that Bal Harbour officials rejected two photographs and removed any mention of the word “queer” or gay porn magazines from the project’s description. “My work is about the ways we can reinterpret photography and the history of HIV/Aids within the LGBTQ community. That seemed to make the mayor and the city of Bal Harbour uncomfortable,” said Silano in a post on Instagram. The mayor of Bal Harbour has denied claims of censorship, stating, “It’s unfair and disingenuous for anyone to attribute this to any sort of discrimination or art censorship. Our municipality has a long-standing relationship with the art world and we endeavour to continue to do so in the future.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper

Simone Leigh Wins 2018 Hugo Boss Prize
On October 17, Simone Leigh was awarded the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize in a ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Leigh is an established artist working across many mediums including sculpture, installation, performance, and video. Her artwork addresses black history, feminism, and the black woman experience. The jury attributed Leigh’s win to her multifaceted approach, stating that her “emphasis on centering the black female experience is profoundly inspiring in its simultaneous radicality and necessity.” The Hugo Boss prize is awarded every two years and consists of a solo show at the Guggenheim along with $100,000 in prize money.
Read the full story (Artnews)