News Recap: February 9, 2018

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David Levinthal (American, b. 1949).  Untitled , 1998. From the series Barbie. Dye diffusion transfer print (polaroid polacolor). George Eastman Museum, gift of an anonymous donor. © David Levinthal

David Levinthal (American, b. 1949). Untitled, 1998. From the series Barbie. Dye diffusion transfer print (polaroid polacolor). George Eastman Museum, gift of an anonymous donor. © David Levinthal

George Eastman Museum Gifted David Levinthal Collection
Donald Rosenfeld Jr. and an anonymous patron have donated over 300 photographs of David Levinthal’s work to the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. By exploring the relationship between photography and American culture, Levinthal’s work centered an important discussion on photographic representation. The director of the museum commented, “Levinthal is a major figure both in the history of photography and in contemporary art, and these milestone donations are a testament to his esteem for the Eastman Museum and its mission.” The George Eastman Museum is the oldest photography museum in the world and now houses the world’s most significant collection of Levinthal’s work.
Preview the collection (The George Eastman Collection)

FotoFocus Announces 2018 Biennial Artists
Cincinnati-based photography organization, FotoFocus, announced the lineup for their 2018 Biennial. Opening on October 4, the FotoFocus 2018 Biennial will feature works from artists around the world adhering to this year’s theme, “Open Archive.” Kevin Moore, the FotoFocus artistic director, elaborated, saying, “This edition of the FotoFocus Biennial addresses an aspect of photography that has been central to the medium since its invention: its unruly abundance. How do we organize and care for so much imagery? ‘Open Archive’ explores the terrain, both old and new, of a classic photo topic.” The event will take place in numerous institutions around Ohio, including the Contemporary Arts Center and the Taft Museum. Artists featured in this year’s biennial include: Mamma Andersson, Eugène Atget and Bernice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Teju Cole, Robert Frank, Miranda July, Irving Penn, Thomas Ruff, and many more.
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New Museum to House Largest Collection of Picasso’s Work
Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, has announced plans to open a museum in the South of France housing the largest existing collection of Picasso’s work. Hutin-Blay’s collection, consisting of nearly 2,000 artworks, inherited from her mother, Picasso’s second wife, consists of around 1,000 paintings and numerous drawings, photographs, and sculptures. The museum, set to open in 2021, will be over 15,000 square feet, containing permanent and temporary exhibitions, a research center, and an auditorium.
Read the full story (Artnet News)