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Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the Institute of Contemporary  Art/Boston (ICA), announced today the appointment of Eva Respini as Barbara Lee Chief Curator. Respini is currently Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, where she organized the critically acclaimed retrospectives Cindy Sherman and Robert Heinecken as well as exhibitions with artists Klara Liden, Anne Collier, Leslie Hewitt, and Akram Zaatari. She will assume her new position at the ICA in March 2015.

“Eva Respini brings a combination of scholarship and a 21st-century sensibility to image-making, technology, and the role of the museum of the future,” says Medvedow. “She offers a rich understanding of contemporary art and is a creative and intelligent leader in her field. We look forward to the contributions that she will bring to the museum.”

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The exquisite Audrey Hepburn, will be the subject of a new photography exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2015, it was announced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Hepburn’s little known career-changing performance at renowned West End night club Ciro’s, in the space now occupied by the Gallery’s Public Archive, the exhibition will bring together a remarkable selection of both classic and rarely seen photographs of the successful British actress.
"Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon," from  July 2 until October  18, 2015, will follow Hepburn’s rise to fame, from her early years in Holland and as a dancer and chorus girl in London’s West End, to her becoming a stage and screen icon, culminating in her philanthropic work in later life.

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The Delaware College of Art and Design in downtown Wilmington is making small expansions that could later trigger bigger and more significant projects for the two-year school.

Next to DCAD, developer Buccini/Pollin Group is putting up a $6 million, five-story apartment building at 606 N. Market St. DCAD, which is known for its majors in photography, illustration, fine arts, animation, interior design and graphic design, will occupy the first floor of that building.

DCAD President Stuart Baron said the school will house sculpture studios there.

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Visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s presentation of four special exhibitions during the spring/summer 2014 season—"Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century;" "The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt;" "Charles James: Beyond Fashion;" and "Garry Winogrand"—generated an estimated $753 million in spending in New York, according to a visitor survey released by the Museum today. Using the industry standard for calculating tax revenue impact, the study found that the direct tax benefit to the City and State from out-of-town visitors to the Museum totaled some $75.3 million. (Study findings below.) 53% of the out-of-town exhibition visitors reported that visiting the Met was a key motivating factor in their decision to visit New York.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum, noted: “As this annual survey continues to indicate, the Met’s stellar range of exhibitions, as well as its renowned collection, are recognized world-wide for their excellence, and continue to draw domestic and international visitors to New York in large numbers. This visitorship plays a vital role in the City’s cultural tourism, which is a powerful contributor to the economic well-being of New York.”

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One man puts humanity in sharp focus; the other said he loves people as long as they are not in front of his camera — they are two of the greatest American photographers of their generation, and their work is being displayed at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

“It’s really a show about two eminent photographers, contemporaries. Both of them are in their 80s, still actively making images,” said Jennifer Watts, curator of photographs at The Huntington.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 11:12

Paris Photo Opens this Week at the Grand Palais

This week, the Grand Palais will host the 18th edition of photography's top art fair, Paris Photo.

"The fair turns 18 years old this year, so it's a time of maturity," Paris Photo director Julien Frydman told artnet News. "Paris Photo has played a big role in integrating photography in the history of art, putting it in relation with other artistic disciplines, such as writing, moving image, painting, and performance. This year is going to be really representative of the diversity of approaches and the vitality of artists using the medium."

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During the inauguration of the Centre Pompidou’s new Photo Gallery, the museum’s president, Alain Seban, announced plans for an exhibition space dedicated to architecture and design. The new gallery will be located within the Centre Pompidou’s existing building in Paris’ lively Beaubourg neighborhood. According to “The Art Newspaper,” Seban said that he plans “to create, as soon as possible, a gallery of architecture and design by reclaiming spaces closed to the public.”

The new Photo Gallery, which is housed in former technical facilities at the Centre Pompidou, opened to the public on Wednesday, November 5. Stretching over 200 square meters, the gallery allows the museum to display a larger portion of its vast photography collection, which includes 40,000 prints and over 60,000 negatives.

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A new exhibition at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, explores the history of social photography through a selection of images from the institution’s permanent collection. Spanning from the mid-twentieth century to the present, “The Social Medium” touches on a number of photographic genres, including social documentary as well as street, celebrity, and portrait photography.

The exhibition at the DeCordova explores how developments in photographic technology -- from the invention of the portable film camera to the rise in popularity of Polaroid cameras, digital cameras, and cellphone cameras -- have influenced the art of social documentation. 

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In the late 19th century, Eadweard Muybridge experimented with multiple cameras, fast shutter mechanisms, and tripwires to study animal and human motion. He produced hundreds of plates, including his famous sequence showing that a horse’s four legs all leave the ground at some point when it runs. A few decades later, Man Ray neglected the camera altogether to create his “rayographs,” creating pictures by placing objects on photographic paper and exposing the sheet to light. Taking to the streets in the mid-20th century, William Klein wielded his lens in a rapid and direct manner to capture the raw reality of everyday life. These represent some of the major innovations in the history of photography, explored in "Modern Times. Photography in the 20th Century," a new exhibition that opened recently at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

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Tate Britain is presenting a photography exhibition the result of which is an unique collaboration between the artist Nick Waplington and the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen. This well timed exhibition will reveal McQueen’s working practice through a selection of over 130 large and small scale photographs, including images never seen before. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" fashion exhibition.

Waplington photographed McQueen’s idiosyncratic creative journey as he prepared and presented his final Autumn/Winter collection, The Horn of Plenty, in 2009.

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