A weekly update of art world news.
Apollo 8’s “Earthrise” Photograph Turns 50
This past Friday marked the 50-year anniversary of one of the most powerful photographs in the brief history of NASA photography. “Earthrsie,” photographed by William Anders, an astronaut aboard the Apollo 8 space mission, the image depicts the horizon of the moon with Earth distant in the background. This mission provided dozens of photographs from space, allowing us to image what it would look like to stand on the moon (which would take place seven months later on the Apollo 11 mission).
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TV Art Historian Sister Wendy Beckett Dies at 88
Sister Wendy Beckett, the cloistered nun who became a celebrity art critic and history died on at England’s Carmelite Monastery Quidenham in Norfolk at the age of 88. Beckett first appeared on a BBC art appreciation program in 1991 and her witty and provocative commentaries garnered attention from art critics, museums curators, and art lovers around the world. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in literature in 1954 and studied art history on her own from the hermit’s trailer on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery in Norfolk, England where she lived. While living as a cloistered nun, Beckett reviewed exhibitions for small British art journals before publishing her first book, “Contemporary Women Artists” in 1988. The popularity of her first televised series, “Sister Wendy’s Odyssey” drew nearly 4 million viewers.
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Luminous Landscape’s Team Is Out as Founder’s Son Takes Over
The popular photography website The Luminous Landscape is losing its entire team as the late founder’s son takes over as new owner and CEO. The site was founded in the mid-1990s by Canadian photographer Michael Reichmann and is one of the earliest websites dedicated to photography. Reichmann passed away in May 2016 after a long battle with cancer and the site continued to be published by then-CEO Kevin Raber. In a recent announcement, Michael’s son Josh Reichmann announced that he will take over as CEO and promises a new search engine, personal gallery service, a marketplace, and a redesign for mobile. Raber and the rest of The Luminous Landscape team have moved on to other projects.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)