A weekly update of art world news.
Photojournalist Admits to Staging Photographs Depicting Honduran Hitmen
Swiss-Italian photographer Michele Crameri has won over 15 awards for his photographs of violent crime in Honduras. However, a report published by Fstoppers revealed that Crameri had staged these photographs. What appeared to be beatings and shootings are now known to be Crameri’s fixer joking around with local gang members. Crameri admitted to the falsehood and apologized in a post on his website on June 26.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)
New Museum Announces Expansion
The New Museum, located in the heart of the Bowery, New York City, has announced an expansion to the property next door. The architectural firm OMA, spearheaded by Rem Koolhaas, will design the building which will double the gallery space of the museum, connect at every floor, and provide additional space for elevators and the museum’s think tanks. The project will be completed by 2022, providing yet another example of the New Museum’s rapid growth from just 30 employees in its beginnings 2007 to over 150 now.
Read the full story (The New York Times)
Unidentified Buyer Pre-empts Caravaggio Auction Sale
The long lost painting “Judith and Holofernes” by Italian master Caravaggio, rediscovered in 2014 in Toulouse, was set for sale on Thursday, but an unidentified private buyer snatched up the work before it had a chance to go to auction. The piece’s estimate price from $115 - $170 million. The work had been in possession of the French government for the past several years for authentication. A Caravaggio painting has not been auctioned off for at least the past 40 years.
Read the full story (Wall Street Journal)