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High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts

Not long after SFMOMA revealed that it would be launching a new photo center in 2016, another museum has also shown a serious commitment to its photography department. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced this morning that it has received four major gifts, totaling $4 million, that will each contribute significantly to the expansion of its photography department and collection.

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John Maloof On “Finding Vivian Maier”

In 2007, John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent, bought a box of old photographs and negatives at a storage unit auction in Chicago. The contents turned out to be the work of a longtime nanny named Vivian Maier, who was also secretly a prolific artist whose work resembled the great street photographers of the 1950s and ’60s. Since then, interest in the work has exploded, culminating in coverage by every major news outlet, two shows at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and, most recently, a documentary that Maloof co-directed with Charlie Siskel, which debuts in theaters today. ARTINFO’s Ashton Cooper caught up with Maloof to ask about making the film, creating an archive of 100,000 photographs, and how Vivian Maier changed his life.

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Trevor Paglen Takes Aerial Photos of U.S. Spy Headquarters, Submits Them to Public Domain

New York-based artist and geography PhD Trevor Paglen has provided the world with the first new images of U.S. spy headquarters in the 21st-century. Published yesterday, on the new digital magazine The Intercept (part of the Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald initiative First Look Media), Paglen’s images were taken at night by helicopter and are now part of the public domain. (more…)

Steven Evans To Helm Houston’s Fotofest Biennial

fotofest-steven-evansFotofest, the Houston-based biennial of photography, moving image art, and new media art, has hired Steven Evans to be its new executive director, a job he’ll take up in early February — just in time for this year’s edition of the biennial, running March 15-April 27, which will highlight the works of some 50 artists from the Middle East. Evans was most recently the interim director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio and previously the executive director at the Linda Pace Foundation, also in San Antonio. He was also the managing director of Dia Beacon when it opened. (more…)

Ed Burtynsky Wins $100,000 Toronto Film Critics Association Prize

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Part documentary, part artistry, the film, “Watermark” — a collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and famed photographer Edward Burtynsky — has been awarded the Toronto Film Critics Association’s top prize. The critics group named the film, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, the latest winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at a gala in downtown Toronto Tuesday evening. (more…)

Warhol Museum and Polaroid Plot Vegas Show

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Photo giant Polaroid is opening a museum at its new Las Vegas flagship store, the Polaroid Photobar in the new retail mega-development The Linq, and its inaugural exhibition will feature 50 of Andy Warhol’s celebrity Polaroid portraits, on loan from Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. “A Polaroid Museum without Andy Warhol just wouldn’t be right,” Warren Struhl, the founder and CEO of the Polaroid Museum — which is due to open in March — said in a statement. (more…)

Bill Cunningham Coming to NY Historical Society

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For eight years beginning in 1968, New York’s most tireless fashion photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on his “Façades” project, which sought to document the history of architecture and fashion in the city by juxtaposing models in period costumes and vintage outfits with famous or historic buildings and locales. Upon completion of the series, in 1976, Cunningham donated 88 of those photographs to the New York Historical Society, and now the institution is putting them all on view. (more…)

A Brief History of “Piss Christ”

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In 1987 the American photographer Andres Serrano made a formally sublime, politically charged work titled “Piss Christ” (detail above, in full below), by submerging a 13-inch plastic and wood crucifix into a jar of his own urine and photographing it. The work, by far the most famous in his “Immersions” series, made its debut at New York’s Stux Gallery to little fanfare, and then went on  tour as part of the show “Awards in the Visual Arts 7,” a 10-person show for which each artist received a $15,000 fellowship from Winston-Salem’s Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and was invited to pick her or his works for inclusion. The exhibition traveled to LACMA and the Carnegie-Mellon University Art Gallery without incident, before going on view at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. (more…)

Santa Claus Infiltrates Art History

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First it was Beyonce, then it was the Nike swoosh, and now Kris Kringle has found his way into the annals of art history thanks to some especially pro photography and Photoshop handiwork. For his project “Santa Classics,” photographer and self-described Santa devotee Ed Wheeler dresses up as the yuletide present-deliverer, photographs himself holding the poses of figures in famous artworks, and then inserts himself into the iconic images — like John Singleton Copley’s “Watson and the Shark” (1778, above), Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling (below), or Caravaggio’s “Supper at Emmaus” (1601, at bottom) — creating hilarious and highly Christmas-y juxtapositions. (more…)

Pamela Anderson Celebrated Photographer Raphael Mazzucco in Miami

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Amid the dozens of glitzy art parties and brunches that are always part of the packed calendar during the week of Art Basel in Miami Beach, artist and fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco’s installation of paint-splattered, large-format photographs in the lobby of the Delano Hotel in South Beach drew a steady stream of viewers. Mazzucco’s  work was on view there during the week of the fairs as the hotel’s featured artist. (more…)