Iconic Hurricane Sandy Photo to MoMA, Jeff Koons Designs Wine Label, and More

Iconic Hurricane Sandy Photo to MoMA, Jeff Koons Designs Wine Label, and More
Iwan Baan, "The City and the Storm," 2012 (detail)
(Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery)

Viral Post-Sandy Image Becomes Fundraising Machine: Los Angeles's Perry Rubenstein Gallery has signed Iwan Baan, the photographer whose aerial image of post-Hurricane Sandy Manhattan became a viral sensation following its publication on the cover of New York magazine. A work of art based on the powerful image will be exhibited as part of Perry Rubenstein Gallery's upcoming exhibition "The Way We Live." Produced in an edition of 10, the photographs will be sold for $100,000 each to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts; a poster based on the aerial photograph will be available at MoMA's design store. [Press Release]

– Jeff Koons Designs Wine Labels Now: The blue-chip artist has designed the 2010 label of Pauillac first-growth Château Mouton Rothschild. Echoing his recent paintings, Koons's design features a silver line drawing of a ship scrawled over a Pompeii fresco. The wine label may be a step up from his previous designer gig: Last year, he produced the label for a line of Khiel's lotion. [Drinks Business


 NPG Buys Defaced Self-Portrait: The National Portrait Gallery in London has purchased a self-portrait by British artist Craigie Aitchison dating from the late 1950s or early '60s. But this self-portrait is unlike any other in the museum's collection. It's covered in slashes and marks put there by the artist himself in response to a comment that called it "flattering." "We are delighted that this fascinating self-portrait survived the artist’s momentary destructive doubts and can now be seen by future generations," said curator Paul Moorhouse. [NYT]

 Gormley and Sting Protest Arts Funding Cuts: Artist Antony Gormley and musician Sting are among more than a dozen prominent figures protesting Newcastle City Council's proposal to cut 100 percent of its arts funding. In an open letter, the stars called the plans "totally unnecessary" and a "short-sighted attack on the arts." In response, the council replied that "it can only spend the resources that it has as it faces losing more than a third of its budget over the next three years." [Independent]

– MOCA Director Judges Forbes "30 Under 30": Forbes's much-maligned "30 Under 30" list of precocious trend-setters in the fields of art and style is out, and it includes a number of familiar names. Among them are Art.sy founder Carter Cleveland (26), Grey Area founder Kyle DeWoody (28), photographer Sam Falls (28), critic Alex Gartenfeld (26), and artists JR (29), Jacob Kassay (28), and Adam Pendleton (28). Two of the three judges are art world professionals known for their interest in the young and hip: L.A. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian artist Richard Phillips. [Forbes]

– French Photographer Fined for Indecent Photos of Daughter: A Paris court ordered French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco to pay €10,000 ($13,175) in damages to her daughter for taking explicit pictures of her in the 1970s, when she was between the ages of four and 12. The court also ordered Ionesco to surrender negatives of the pictures to her daughter, Eva, a French actress who argued she had suffered a "stolen childhood" because of the ordeal. Ionesco will continue to receive royalties from the images. [AFP]

– China Nixes Mao PortraitsAndy Warhol's famous images of Chairman Mao won't be part of the biggest-ever traveling exhibition of his works when the exhibition debuts in China early next year. Though the paintings traveled to the exhibition's first stop in Singapore without issue, they were nixed by China's Ministry of Culture. "They said the Maos won’t work," said Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. "This is disappointing because his imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art." [Bloomberg]

– Art Teacher Finds Pre-Raphaelite Canvas in the Attic: While cleaning her attic, British art teacher Jane Cordery stumbled upon a battered old painting of an owl covered in cobwebs. Last week, that painting — which turned out to be the work of pre-Raphaelite artist William James Webbe — sold at Christie's Victorian art sale for $951,050. The work was exhibited at the UK's Royal Society in the mid-19th century, where it won the admiration of critic John Ruskin. "It’s a complete shock," Cordery said after the sale. "We were not imagining that in our wildest dreams." [HuffPo]

Theaster Gates Gets Cash for Chicago's South Side: Theaster Gates is on a mission to raise money for his latest project, which involves converting derelict buildings on the South Side of Chicago into vibrant art centers. As the director of the Arts and Public Life Initiative at the University of Chicago, he's scored $1.85 million from the university, and recently nabbed a $400,000 grant from the ArtPlace group of foundations. Trained as a city planner, Gates has called his restoration projects "development that thinks like an artist." [Bloomberg]

East German Art Takes the Stage: East German works of art that have largely been in storage since German reunification are emerging from obscurity thanks to a new online database. Bildatlas: Kunst in der DDR has catalogued and made public 20,000 paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Organizers hope the images will correct misunderstandings about the era's art history. "After Georg Baselitz famously said there were no artists in East Germany, a prejudice developed around art [made] there," says Karl-Siegbert Rehberg, a sociologist from the Dresden University of Technology. [TAN]


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