August 9 | MoMA to auction off 400 photographs
The New York institution, whose permanent collection includes 25,000 photographs, has decided to get rid of 400 pieces. Elsewhere the Tito Prize has announced its 2017 winner, whilst conflict is brewing among museums in London.
MoMA to deaccession 400 works
Looking to finance new acquisitions, the sale organised by Christie’s could rake in $3.6 million for the museum. The sale will include photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans. Beginning this fall and running through to spring 2018, a series of sales, including online auctions, will be organised to sell off the photographs whose pre-sale estimates range from $1,000 to $300,000. Some of the most iconic images to be featured include a series of Rayographs by Man Ray taken between 1923 and 1928. More details via artnet news.
The Tito Prize awarded to Zack Ingram
The not-for-profit Texas-based institution Big Medium has awarded the young artist Zack Ingram, born in 1991, the Tito Prize. Along with a cash prize of $15,000, Ingram will also be awarded a solo show at the museum in October.
The American artist’s practice is defined by “combining found images and materials to question the process of identity construction and the relationship between surface and personhood.” The jury is composed of artist Ana Esteve Llorens; Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art; Kevin McNamee-Tweed, artist and curator at Big Medium and Mexico-based curator Bárbara Perea. More via Glasstire.
Zack Ingram, There Ain't the People, screenprint on glass
Conflict brews between two London galleries
According to the Telegraph, the National Portrait Gallery has expressed opposition to the planned expansion of the neighbouring National Gallery in London. The former institution claims that the view from their restaurant would be spoilt should work go ahead, blocking the view of Big Ben and Trafalgar Square.
According to the group Historic England the expansion of the National Gallery is nonetheless vital. More on the Telegraph.