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Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941–2019)

Plus: Montreal MFA appoints first curator of Inuit art | and recommended reading

20 September 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941–2019) | The Italian photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni, best known for documenting works of land art from the early 1970s onward, has died at the age of 77. Born in Rome, Gorgoni moved to New York in 1968, where he took many portraits of avant-garde artists in the city, including Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol; in 1972, Leo Castelli organised the first of four solo exhibitions for Gorgoni, and in 1993 the artist was included in the Venice Biennale. His most famous images are the aerial photographs of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) he took from a helicopter in 1972.

Montreal MFA appoints first curator of Inuit art | The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has named Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk as its first Curator and Mediator of Inuit Art. Koperqualuk will oversee acquisitions of Inuit Art, augmenting a collection that is considered to be the most significant in Canada, as well as forging closer ties between the museum and Indigenous communities across the country.

Recommended reading | In Frieze, Jennifer Higgie reports that the Istanbul Biennial is ‘delirious, hallucinatory and kaleidoscopic’. In Art in America, William S. Smith ponders the craze for KAWS.

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