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Michael Wolf (1954–2019)

Plus: UK Museum of the Year shortlist announced | Artists criticise Tate for resuming ties with Anthony d’Offay | Pretend heiress and art-philanthropist convicted of theft by New York court | and recommended reading

26 April 2019

Michael Wolf (1954–2019) | The German photographer Michael Wolf has died suddenly at his home in Hong Kong at the age of 64. Known for capturing the buildings and people of the world’s sprawling metropolises, Wolf’s work took him to megacities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, as well as Paris and Chicago. Born in Munich, Wolf worked as a photojournalist before focusing on his own projects in 2001. He won leading the prestigious World Press Photo prize in 2005 and 2010.

UK’s Museum of the Year shortlist revealed | The Art Fund has announced the five candidates for its Museum of the Year award for 2019. The five contenders are the HMS Caroline in Belfast, Nottingham Contemporary, Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, St Fagans National Museum of History near Cardiff, and the V&A, Dundee. The prize, given to a nominee for its imagination and innovation, will be awarded at a ceremony on 3 July, with the winning museum receiving £100,000.

Artists criticise Tate for resuming ties with Anthony d’Offay | Artists, curators, and other members of the art world have written an open letter criticising the Tate’s decision to continue its relationship with the art dealer and collector Anthony d’Offay, a year after sexual allegations were brought against him by three women. The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland severed contact with d’Offay in January 2018, but earlier this month The Times (£) reported that they are working together again. The letter, which had 41 signatories on Friday morning, insists that Tate should cut all links with d’Offay and conduct a full internal investigation.

Pretend heiress and art-philanthropist found guilty of theft by New York court | Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin), the German-Russian socialite who tried to persuade others that she was a billionaire heiress has been found guilty of multiple charges after a month-long  trial. Delvey, who attempted to obtain millions of dollars in loans from investors, ostensibly to build an arts foundation in New York, was found guilty or larceny and theft on eight counts. The court will deliver its sentence on 9 May, with Delvey facing up to 15 years in prison.

Recommended reading | In The Art Newspaper, Martin Bailey introduces his new book with the starting revelation that Van Gogh’s lover, model and muse, the prostitute Sien Hoornik, drowned herself. On the BBC’s website, Devon Van Houten Maldonado asks artists and curators, ‘What will art look like in 20 years?’

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