News Recap: March 16, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

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Nan Goldin Stages Protest Against Sackler Family
An anti-opioid protest, led by photographer Nan Goldin, took place in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Saturday. Protesters performed a “die-in” in addition to throwing prescription bottles into the moat surrounding the Temple of Dendur and marching through the museum while shouting, “Sacklers lie; people die.” Goldin suffered from opioid addiction for years and has recently founded PAIN, the Prescription Addiction Intervention Now organization. PAIN’s goals are to pressure the Sackler family—owners of Purdue Pharma, the company that widely manufactures opioids and is believed to be the source of opioid addiction in the United States—to provide funding for “harm reduction” and “treatment.” PAIN is also raising awareness about the role the Sackler family has had in the drug crisis among artists and art institutions. At the protest Goldin said, ““We are artists, activists, addicts. We are fed up,” promising, “We’re just getting started. We’ll be back.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Jury Didn’t Actually Judge International Photographer of the Year Award, Raising Concerns
The 2017 International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) was announced in February of this year, but 11 out of the 14 listed judges contacted by PetaPixel never even saw the submissions. The jury list has since been removed from the IPOTY website. Several of the photographers listed as members of the jury—including Jessica Auer, Peter Braunholz, and Tariq Dajani—sent a letter to PetaPixel stating that they had nothing to do with the competition. Several of the listed judges had never consented to take part in the jurying process. It is estimated that the IPOTY competition brought in between $65,000 and $131,000 in submission fees, raising questions of authenticity and honesty around the awards. The photographers listed as jury members have said, “We feel that our names as established photographers have been misused, and that entrants to the competition have been misled in their understanding of the evaluation of their work. We feel that there is an element of dishonesty.” IPOTY has yet to comment on this development.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Aperture Magazine Wins ASME’s National Magazine Award
The Association for Magazine Editors (ASME) announced their 2018 awards. Revealed last, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, Literature, Science, and Politics was awarded to the photography magazine, Aperture. Aperture won the award for the three issues themed around “Future Gender,” “Elements of Style,” and “American Destiny.” ASME’s statement on the award read: “Each specially themed issue of Aperture demonstrated the important role the magazine plays as an advocate for contemporary photography.”
Read the full story (Artnews)

NRA Uses Photo of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Promotional Video, Without Permissions
The National Rifle Association has recently released a series of promotional videos using images of locations and artwork without permissions from architects or artists. Among these images is a photo of Anish Kapoor’s famous Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”), appearing in two different videos. Kapoor has since issued a statement against the use of his work in a video that “gives voice to xenophobic anxiety, and a further call to ‘arm’ the population against a fictional enemy,” in partnership with the Everytown for Gun Safety organization. The full letter has been published on Artnews.
Read the full story (Artnews)