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KAWS Launches Exhibition in Fortnite Video Game

January 18th, 2022

KAWS is launching an online exhibition in the video game Fortnite, as well as one at London’s Serpentine Gallery. “Being able to create works,” the artist says, “and the version that I’m viewing in Brooklyn is the version you could be viewing in India, I just started to get really obsessed with the opportunities within that.”

Read more at The Guardian

Pissarro Work, Formerly Nazi Loot, Heads to US Supreme Court

January 17th, 2022

A Camille Pissarro work looted by the Nazis will head to US Supreme Court to hear a case over its ownership, as the descendants of Lilly Cassirer Neubauer sue for the painting’s return. “This has been three generations of the Cassirer family trying to take back what is theirs,” says attorney Stephen Zack of the US law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

Read More at The Guardian

Jewish Museum Employees Vote to Unionize

January 17th, 2022

Employees at the Jewish Museum in New York have voted to unionize. “The Jewish Museum is aware that staff have petitioned for a union election,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The Museum greatly values its staff and will respectfully engage in any process that transpires.”

Read more at Art Newspaper


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.