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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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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.