News Recap: January 18, 2019

A weekly update of art world news.

Mary Oliver, ‘My first clam,’ 1964 Photo: Molly Malone Cook

Mary Oliver, ‘My first clam,’ 1964 Photo: Molly Malone Cook

American Poet Mary Oliver Dies at 83
”Tell me, what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver
American poet Mary Oliver died yesterday of lymphoma. She was 83. Widely loved and considered one of the best American poets, Oliver’s poems, which often explored the connection between the natural and spiritual world, influenced many people, including other artists. She published her first book of poetry at the age of 28 and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.
Read the full story (NPR)

Radical Russian Artist Duo Convicted and Sentenced for Setting Bank of France in Flames
Russian protest artists Petr Pavlensky and Oksana Shalygina have been convicted of setting fire to the Bank of France in October 2017 in a public performance titled “Lightning.” Pavlensky is also known for his 2012 political protest against the incarceration of members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot in which he sewed his mouth shut. The couple, who has recently separated, were sentenced by the French courts on January 10. Pavlensky received a two-year suspended sentence and one year of jail time, walking free after the trail due to his 11 months of time served. Shalygina received a 16-month suspended sentence and five months of jail time with penalty adjustment. Both artists were fined over $20,000 in damages, which they have confirmed with artnet News that they do not intend to pay.
Read the full story (Hyperalleric)

Karen Pence to Teach Art at School That Bans LGBTQ Individuals
Second Lady Karen Pence has accepted a part-time position teaching art at a private Christian school in Springfield, Virginia. Mrs. Pence previously worked at the Immanuel Christian School when her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, was a member of Congress. The school has an explicit policy stating that students, employees, and parents who identify as gay cannot be a part of the institution.
Read the full story (ArtNews)

Harry Ransom Center Unearths a Forgotten Collaboration by Photography’s Greats
The University of Texas at Austin will soon unbox and make available for public viewing a forgotten and unusual collaboration between photographers Robert Frank, Dave Heath, John Wood, and Robert Heinecken. Initially, art historians Susan E. Cohen and William S. Johnson intended to exhibit the collaborative project at the Visual Studies Workshops in Rochester, NY and secured funding from Polaroid. The project began in the early 1980s but was disbanded three years later when the Polaroid Corporation pulled the funding. Since then, the photographs, artist books, film, and audiotapes have languished in storage. The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at the University, has possible plans of publishing the unfinished catalog and artist’s book maquetts.
Read the full story (The New York Times)