News Recap: November 16, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

Shahidul Alam , via Wikimedia Commons

Shahidul Alam, via Wikimedia Commons

Bangladeshi Photojournalist, Shahidul Alam, to be Released on Bail
After 102 days of imprisonment by the Bangladeshi government without charge, Shahidul Alam, an internationally renowned photojournalist, has been granted release on bail. As of November 15, Alam’s legal team secured the artist’s bail and expect his release by Sunday. Alam was abducted and detained by the Bangladesh government on August 5 for spreading “imaginary propaganda against the government” after the artist called out the country’s “looting of the banks, the gagging of the media, the extrajudicial killings, disappearings, bribery, and corruption.” In reaction to Alam’s imprisonment, artists and freedom-of-expression activists from around the world rallied in support of the artist.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Alison Rossiter wins Shpilman Photography Prize
The 2018 winner of the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography is Alison Rossiter. The photographer was nominated among 65 others for the $40,000 prize. The jury selected Rossiter, “due to her work's originality and candor in both artistic practice and conceptual framework; her ability to find a new place for analog image-making in our digital era; her critical thinking about the material history of the photographic medium as an alternative global history; her commitment to the dire questions of the conditions of photography and its physical relation to the human body; and her uncompromising aesthetics, building a remarkably rich and continually evolving syntax within a few rigid coordinates.”
Read the full story (The Israel Museum)

The Estate of Bernd and Hilla Becher Now Represented by Paula Cooper Gallery
Paula Cooper Gallery joins Fraenkel Gallery, Konrad Fischer Galerie, and Sprüth Magers in the representation of the estate of Bernd and Hilla Becher. The German photographers are recognized for their conceptual photographs representing places and objects over time. Paula Cooper is set to stage their first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2020.
Read the full story (Artnews

MoMA Photography Curator, Quentin Bajac, Accepts Role as Director of Jeu de Paume
After five years as the Museum of Modern Art’s Curator of Photography, Quentin Bajac will head the Jeu de Paume as the museum’s new Director. Bajac returns to Paris as successor to Marta Gili who announced her resignation earlier this year. Before his role at MoMA, Bajac worked as a curator at the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay.
Read the full story (Artnews)