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After being hidden away for 80 years and known only in a black-and-white photograph, Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Mary Magdalene In Ecstasy” has been uncovered in a collection in the south of France and will be up for grabs at Sotheby’s Paris on June 26. The painting is estimated at €200,000 to 300,000 (approx. $278,400 to 417,600). Best known for her monumental work “Judith Slaying Holofernes,” the badass Baroque artist managed to make a name for herself in early 17th century Rome despite her gender.

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The Portland Art Museum has acquired 69 photographs by Robert Adams of western Oregon. Taken between 1992 and 2012, the photographs explore the impact of clear-cutting in Oregon’s Coast Range and the hope of recovery along the Pacific Ocean; they were included in the museum’s recent exhibition The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon.

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It took over 20 years to materialize, but the Centre George Pompidou in Paris will finally get a permanent gallery dedicated to photography. The new space will be inaugurated next October, the Centre’s president Alain Seban told the Journal des Arts.

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The Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan is presenting “In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963,” the first exhibition of the photographer’s images of sunbathers and swimmers at Brooklyn’s most famous beach.

The diversity of people --and what they are doing -- is immediately arresting, as the photographs capture intimate portraits of regular and uninhibited New Yorkers in a world of their own.

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In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Onishi Project and Kipton Cronkite are pleased to present World’s Fairs: Lost Utopiasthe debut exhibition of Jade Doskow’s groundbreaking seven-year photography project. The exhibition will also include a 1968 triptych by Robert Rauschenberg and a dynamic group show – featuring Alexandra Posen, Greg Haberny, Naomi Reis, and Mark Freedman – inspired by the cultural zeitgeist that surrounded this event.

Nana Onishi, owner and founder of Onishi Project at Onishi Gallery, welcomes curator Kipton Cronkite and photographer Jade Doskow’s work as the first collection to be shown in the Onishi Project’s brand new pop-up space. Onishi Project was conceived to give artists from across the country and the world a chance to display and market their work in Manhattan efficiently and affordably. Nana Onishi developed Onishi Project as a springboard for galleries and artists, such as Cronkite and Doskow, to gain an international clientele and further their connections among collectors and museum professionals. “We are thrilled to officially launch our beautiful new Pop Up Gallery Space with such an interesting exhibit curated by Kipton Cronkite, that mirrors our own gallery’s efforts to connect art patrons and rising artists through innovative partnerships and global outreach,” says Onishi.

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Christopher W. Mount, former Architecture and Design Curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, announced that he will open two eponymous galleries -- one in Los Angeles and another in New York City. The California outpost is housed in the Pacific Design Center, a multi-use facility for the design community, and will open to the public on Friday, May 23. The New York gallery, located on the Upper West Side, will be open by appointment only. Both locations will specialize in architecture and design-related material. 

Mount, a curator, writer, and educator specializing in 20th- and 21st-century architecture, design, and graphics, is an active member of the Los Angeles design scene. Last year, he organized the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) troubled exhibition, “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California.” The show faced multiple delays, which Mount said was the result of mismanagement at MOCA. The exhibition took place while the museum’s controversial director, Jeffrey Deitch, was still at the helm.

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, announced that it will use a series of gifts totaling approximately $4 million to expand its photography initiatives. The museum, which is home to the most comprehensive photography program in the American Southeast, began acquiring photography in the early 1970s. The High’s holdings include American works from the 20th and 21st centuries, images made in and of the South, and the most significant grouping of vintage Civil Rights-era prints in the country. 

The most substantial gift has been promised by Donald Keough, the former president and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and his wife, Marilyn. The couple, who helped fund the museum’s 2005 expansion, will donate $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position in photography and support ongoing photography programs and acquisitions at the institution. Lucinda W. Bunnen, an Atlanta-based photographer and avid collector, has donated an unspecified amount that will go to the establishment of a photography gallery. Bunnen is a longtime supporter of the High’s photography initiatives and previously donated prints by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Chuck Close, and Cindy Sherman to the museum. Paul Hagedorn, an Atlanta-based artist and supporter of the High since 2005, has donated $500,000 for acquisitions and the Yellowlees Family, also longtime supporters of the museum, have donated $400,000 for the acquisition of Southern photography.

Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. director, said, “These landmark gifts represent a transformational moment for photography at the High. Photography is our fastest growing area of collecting, research and programming, and these gifts will ensure that the High can continue our commitment to new scholarship and commissioning new works by living artists. We hope that these significant gifts inspire others to support our photography programs and the growth of our collection.”

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Television journalist George Stephanopoulos has donated his extensive photography collection to the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York. The gift includes 128 works by important American and international artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Larry Fink, Karl Struss, and Garry Winogrand. The donation significantly enhances the museum’s existing photography collection.  

Charles A. Guerin, the director of the Hyde Collection, said, “We have been hopeful of making additions to our photography holdings, but did not imagine that such a significant group of work might come into the collection at one time. The great breadth of photography history as well as the variety of national origins represented by this generous gift by Mr. Stephanopoulos makes this a truly exciting and important moment for the growth of our permanent collection.”

Stephanopoulos is the anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and the chief political correspondent for the television network. He served as the senior advisor for policy and strategy to President Bill Clinton.


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Edward Dolman, the former Chief Executive and Chairman of Christie’s, has announced that he will leave his current post as Executive Director and Acting Chief Executive of the Qatar Museums Authority. Dolman will return to the auction world in July when he assumes the role of Chairman and Chief Executive of Phillips.

During his three-year tenure with the Qatar Museums Authority, Dolman oversaw the construction and opening of several new museums. He also presided over the state’s collections, spearheaded new acquisitions, and organized exhibitions.

Phillips, which sells contemporary art, design, photography, limited edition prints, and jewelry, was founded in 1796 by former Christie’s employee Harry Phillips. The auction house is currently owned by the Russian luxury goods company, the Mercury Group.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced that in 2016, it will unveil its John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography. It will be the largest exhibition space for photography in the United States. The museum is in the midst of a considerable expansion, which is being helmed by Snøhetta, a firm with headquarters in Norway and New York. The $365 million project will double the size of the museum.

The Pritzker Center for Photography is being funded by a lead gift from philanthropists and photography collectors, John and Lisa Pritzker, as well as generous donations from four additional benefactors. The nearly 15,500-square-foot center will just about triple the current amount of space for photography at SFMOMA. In addition to increased exhibition space, the center will feature an upgraded photographic study center and an interpretive space that will be the first of its kind in the country.

SFMOMA’s photography holdings currently number some 17,000 objects -- its largest collection in any medium. The collection includes works by Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, and the finest holdings of Japanese photography outside Japan. SFMOMA’s photography collection will live on-site, divided between two state-of-the-art storage vault.

The museum’s director, Neal Benezra, said, ““The new center, together with the gifts to our collection, represent a transformative development for our photography program and for the entire museum. We are extremely grateful to our trustee Lisa Pritzker and her husband, John, and to our other supporters, whose vision and generosity will make SFMOMA a global destination for anyone with an interest in photography.”

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