News Recap: June 1, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

The Passion Flower at the Gate  from  Images from the Life (the Norman Album) , by Julia Margaret Cameron. Public domain.

The Passion Flower at the Gate from Images from the Life (the Norman Album), by Julia Margaret Cameron. Public domain.

Julia Margaret Cameron Photo Album to Leave the UK
After months of waiting for a local buyer to emerge, The Norman Album by Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron is expected to sell to a buyer outside of the UK. The album includes portraits of important figures from the time, including Charles Darwin, made between 1864 and 1869. Cameron’s daughter and husband were the original recipients of the book, gifted as a thank you for introducing the artist to photography. A ban was placed on the export of the work under the pretense of its “outstanding aesthetic importance and significance” to the UK’s photographic history.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Interview Magazine Goes Bankrupt
Andy Warhol’s “Crystal Ball of Pop”, Interview, ceased operations last week after nearly 50 years of operation. The holding company, Interview, Inc. had been struggling financially for years with numerous changes in management and finally filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. Interview, Inc. is slated to be liquidated with the assets distributed to the remaining creditors. Warhol founded Interview in 1969 and by interviewing pop culture icons. Warhol has been quoted saying, “I tell everyone they can be on the cover of interview.”
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Nova Scotia Offers Annie Leibovitz $2 Million to Exhibit Photographs
After an unsettled financial dispute between Annie Leibovitz and the Mintz family for a collection of over 2,000 photographs, the Nova Scotian government has offered Annie Leibovitz over $2 million. The photography collection purchased by the Mintz family was to be donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for a large tax deduction. However, payment fell short, and as Leibovitz retains the copyright to her photographs, they cannot be exhibited without her permission. The Nova Scotian government has offered to pay the remaining balance in the hopes that Leibovitz will allow the exhibition to continue. No official decisions have been made.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Robert Indiana Dies at Age 89
The artist famous for his LOVE series, Robert Indiana, died on May 19 at his home on an island off the coast of Maine. Indiana was notoriously a recluse, once saying, “It's much better to be exclusive and remote. That's why I'm on an island off the coast of Maine, you see.” The artist was 89 and had a career that lasted over 60 years. Influenced by his mobile childhood where he saw countless road signs, Indiana’s Pop Art legacy will remain long after his death. It is reported that Indiana died one day after the Morgan Art Foundation filed a lawsuit against his caretaker and publisher.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)