News Recap: September 13, 2019

A weekly recap of art world news. 

Still from Robert Frank documentary,  Don’t Blink

Still from Robert Frank documentary, Don’t Blink

Legendary Photographer Robert Frank Dies at 94
Robert Frank, the Swiss photographer who shaped photography history and inspired many has died at the age of 94. Frank moved to New York City at the age of 23. Through a series of handmade, hand-distributed photobooks, attracted attention from Walker Evans and Edward Steichen who wrote recommendations for his Guggenheim Fellowship that would finance the work that became The Americans. While initially not well-received, The Americans would become one of the most important photobooks in history, catapulting him to fame and inspiring generations of photographers. Following the book’s success, Frank produced other notable photobooks as well as films. In the 1970s, Frank moved part time to Nova Scotia where he lived until his death.
Read the full story (New York Times)

Wall Street Bull Sculpture Vandalized with Banjo
Armed with a makeshift spiked metal banjo, Tevon Varklack, a 42-year-old man from Dallas, attacked the bronze “Charging Bull” statue in New York City’s Financial District, leaving a six-inch gash and other deep scratches on its right horn. According to witnesses and the police, Varlack was ranting about God and President Trump during the attack. “Charging Bull” was installed in 1989 by sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who self-financed the piece, as a work of guerrilla art to symbolize the “strength and power of the American people” following the 1987 stock market crash. Varlack’s attack is the most recent in a series: the sculpture was doused with blue paint in 2008 and 2017, and in 2010 artist Olek covered it in purple and camouflage crochet. Repairs are estimated to cost between $75,000 and $150,000.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Hillary Clinton Visits Venice Biennale, Reads Emails as Part of Kenneth Goldsmith’s Project
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently visited the Venice Biennale. At the Despar Teatro Italia, she sat at Kenneth Goldsmith’s re-creation of the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk and reread her infamous emails, which she had stored on a private server. The secrecy of her emails was a significant blow to her unsuccessful 2016 Presidential campaign. Titled HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails, Goldsmith’s piece included all 62,000 pages of Clinton’s controversial emails as readymade works. After reading some of the emails on view, Clinton tweeted: “Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP.”
Read the full story (ART News)