spellbinding images of war, protest, and everyday life captured both the travails and triumphs of his generation. Encouraged by the almighty father of photojournalism
(who later invited Riboud to join his famed Magnum
collective), he traversed the globe, capturing a changing political and social landscape. He was one of the only photographers allowed access to both North and South Vietnam in the 1960s as well as one of the first Westerners to photograph Communist China. One of his most searing photographs ended up in the pages of TIME Magazine
in 1967: an image of 17-year-old high-school student Jan Rose Kasmir in the thick of an anti-Vietnam War protest at the Pentagon. The photograph, Flower Child
, crystallized a moment when extreme tension and tenderness mingled. “What was so amazing about Marc was his true commitment to peace,” Kasmir told Artsy upon the news of Riboud’s passing. While Riboud’s romantic approach to photojournalism was occasionally reproached by critics, the sense of hope that radiates from his work has served as a model for many of today’s most widely shared images.
07 British arts organizations are facing delays in funding following the country’s vote to leave the European Union.
Though on-going projects funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)—including those benefiting arts organizations—will continue to receive full funding even after United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the organizations may face delays in receiving their funding. Despite short-term assurances from a representative of the EU that “the referendum result changes nothing about eligibility for these funds,” some projects have been left waiting for approved funds to be disbursed while others are still waiting for initial approval. “We submitted an outline funding application in March and a detailed proposal in July, and we’re being encouraged to press ahead with our application. We are hoping to receive an offer letter next month,” said Ross Williams, CEO of Creative Kernow, an organization that supports creative endeavors in Cornwall. Should British organizations lose their EU funding, the Arts Council England plans to assess each case individually and to publish a report this month on how it will work with the government during the Brexit negotiations.
08 The New York Times is axing regional arts coverage amid a broader reorganization of the paper.
The move—which also terminates regional restaurant and theater coverage—means the end of local arts coverage of the tri-state area, impacting New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, and Connecticut. Those reporters and freelancers covering regional beats were laid off, reportedly fomenting concerns that further cuts could hit the Grey Lady’s culture desk as the newspaper restructures for a digital age. Although the paper claimed the move was not made for economic reasons, local coverage and the limited audience for it has becoming increasingly harder to justify. The move has the potential to damper the arts and cultural life of the regions that will lose coverage, given that galleries, theaters, and restaurants often rely on publicity to attract visitors and patrons. As one of the laid-off freelancers said, “Local communities are the biggest losers, since a new theater run or restaurant won’t get the opportunity to reach the sophisticated audience that the Times attracts.”
09 A 16th-century painting by Italian artist Parmigianino may soon be inducted into the Getty Museum’s collection, pending a British export license.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
has its eyes on ’s Virgin With Child, St. John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene
(ca. 1530-40), a late Renaissance work up for sale by Sotheby’s after being in private hands for over 400 years. The painting’s seller and value have yet to be revealed. “It’s in fantastic condition, which is so rare for this period,” Getty director Timothy Potts said of the painting, which was previously loaned to the museum. Yet the planned acquisition is still dependent upon the approval of an export license. According to British law, a foreign purchase of a work of cultural significance can be vetoed if a British institution makes a competitive offer. If the acquisition goes through, it will be the first Parmigianino painting to be added to the Getty’s collection, joining several of the artist’s drawings. The Getty encountered a similar situation in 2013, when the museum applied for and subsequently received an export license for an early
self-portrait. But in 2004, the museum’s $46.6 million bid on a
painting was rejected in favor of a competing offer by the National Gallery, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
10 The British government has placed an export ban on Queen Victoria’s coronet, hoping to find someone in the U.K. willing to match a foreign buyer’s £5 million purchase price.
The diamond-and-sapphire-studded coronet was designed by Prince Albert in 1840 for his bride during the first year of their marriage. It was gifted to Princess Mary in 1922, then later sold to a London dealer who eventually brokered the current deal with an overseas buyer. Culture minister Matt Hancock is responsible for the temporary export ban, which lasts until December 27th and could be renewed through June 27th, 2017. Hancock noted that the coronet “is one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period in our history and symbolizes one of our nation’s most famous love stories.” Although all items of national importance that have resided in the U.K. for 50 years or more and are valued over £39,219 must apply for an export license to cross the border, not all foreign buyers play by the rules—earlier this year, a ring reportedly owned by Joan of Arc was spirited away to France without a license and will not be returned