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NEA Announced First Round of 2023 Grants

April 18th, 2023

The NEA announced its latest string of grant recipients this week, with $35.6 million earmarked for a range of projects that “demonstrate the vitality of the humanities across our nation” according to Shelly C. Lowe, the endowment’s chairwoman, and “support humanities programs and opportunities for underserved students and communities.”
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Guardian Publishes Piece on Royal Collection

April 18th, 2023

The Guardian has a piece this week on the royal collection, and the range of works often received as gifts now worth millions.
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Curator Bernice Rose Has Died at the Age of 87

April 18th, 2023

Bernice Rose, an art historian and MoMA curator who was a vocal champion of drawing, and helped its establish its current role in arts study, has died at the age of 87. “She recognized early that for a generation of artists who emerged in the 1960s, the art of drawing knew no boundaries,” says Christophe Cherix, the museum’s chief curator of drawings and prints.
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Helmut Newton

1920 – 2004
Lives and works in:

Austrailia, Germany, France, and Los Angeles, CA

Newton, born in Germany, is a photographer known for his evocative imagery of overtly sexual nude female figures. Always controversial, he was nicknamed “the King of Kink” typically placing his subjects in heavily stylized scenes of urban decadence, often with fetishistic subtexts, the pinnacle of which was the 1980 Big Nude series. Other series that feature feminine exploration include White Women and World Without Men.

Subjects included Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher, Karl Lagerfield, Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Rampling. He once said of the woman he photographed, “they gotta be built like a truck driver to please me.”

His work has been exhibited in several prominent galleries and museums including Gagosian Gallery, Galerie de Pury & Luxembourg, Mary Boone Gallery, Kunsthalle Munich, Museum of Modern Art Shiga, and many others.
He died in 2004 in West Hollywood, California. Today, the Helmut Newton Foundation resides in Berlin, Germany and handles much of the late artist’s collection.