News Recap: June 22, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

   Diane Arbus,  A woman with her baby monkey, N.J. 1971 , 1971, gelatin silver print, 14 7/8  x 15. Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum purchase. ©The Estate of Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus, A woman with her baby monkey, N.J. 1971, 1971, gelatin silver print, 14 7/8  x 15. Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum purchase. ©The Estate of Diane Arbus

Smithsonian American Art Museum Publishes New Book and Exhibition Celebrating the Work of Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus is recognized for establishing photography as a valid art form by being the first photographer ever published in Artforum in 1971, two weeks before her death. Since then, her photographs have been widely circulated, become the topic of a grand retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and are among the most celebrated in history. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the latest to feature Arbus’ work as the subject of an exhibition titled “Diane Arbus: A Box of Ten Photographs,” accompanied by a book of the same title, co-published by Aperture. The book and exhibition feature photographs from Arbus’ 1969 limited edition portfolio, “A Box of Ten Photographs.” John P. Jacob, co-curator of the exhibition, said, “It’s hard to really see Diane Arbus’ work because of all of the baggage we carry with it. The book and show are about really looking and reexperiencing the pictures that we know really, really well but remain unfamiliar with in some way.”
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Anish Kapoor Sues NRA Over Copyright Infringement
Last year the National Rifle Association released a video, titled The Clenched Fist of Truth, in response to the media’s attack on guns. The video pictures several American landmarks, among them Cloud Gate (2006), also known as “The Bean,” by Anish Kapoor. At the time of the video’s release, Kapoor published an open letter exposing the NRA’s “blatant copyright infringement,” clarifying that the artist had nothing to do with the video and supported gun control. Kapoor asked the NRA to remove his work from the video and the NRA declined. As a result, Kapoor has filed a lawsuit against the organization asking for $150,000 for each infringement, in addition to paying his legal fees and returning all profits that were a result of using Cloud Gate without permissions. Kapoor issued a statement saying, “These sadly are times in which it is urgent for us all, in whatever way we can, to stand up to the dark and aggressive forces in society that seek, out of fear and hatred, to lead us backward into a primitive, paranoid, and defensive worldview.”
Read the full story (ArtNews)

Glasgow School of Art Catches Fire Less Than A Year Before Reopening
The Glasgow School of Art, designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and completed in 1909, caught fire in 2014 and was undergoing restoration when it caught fire for a second time last Friday. The damage to the building is extensive, causing many to think that restoration is unlikely. Alan Dunlap, professor of architecture said, “Judging by the photographs I can’t see any restoration possible for the building itself. It looks as if the building is totally destroyed.” No one was harmed in the fire that also spread to other residences nearby.
Read the full story (The New York Times)