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Resignations at the Bronx Museum

29 August 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

High-profile resignations at the Bronx Museum | Two governing executives and four members of the board of trustees of New York’s Bronx Museum of the Arts have resigned, claiming that the institution has lost sight of its local remit. In recent years, the museum has embarked on ambitious initiatives designed to build attendance and revenue, says the New York Times. The outgoing individuals cite the institution’s attempts to build relations with Cuban museums as a particular concern: its ‘Wild Noise’ project, which involved reciprocal loans between the Bronx Museum and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana has been subject to delays and considerable controversy.

Richard Prince sued for plagiarism by Instagram photographer | Richard Prince has been involved in several plagiarism lawsuits, notably those brought against him by photographers Dennis Morris and Patrick Cariou. Now, once again, the artist and the Gagosian gallery, his former dealer, have been sued for unauthorised use of an image by Ashley Salazar, a model who originally posted the picture to Instagram. Prince then used it as the basis for a work he exhibited in 2014 that sold at Frieze New York last year for a rumoured $90,000, according to The Art Newspaper. ‘I think the facts will show that people perceive Richard Prince’s work to be different,’ said Joshua Schiller, Prince’s lawyer. ‘The audience is different, the purpose is different.’

Temporary export bar placed on Queen Victoria’s coronet | The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has placed a temporary export bar on a coronet once worn by Queen Victoria, reports the Sunday Times (£). The measure has been imposed to allow time for UK institutions to raise funds to save the object for the nation. This means that £5 million needs to be found by the end of the year, though this may be extended for a further six months should a UK buyer express serious intent to purchase. ‘Queen Victoria’s coronet is stunning and is one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period,’ said culture minister Matt Hancock.