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SABINE WEISS, the famous Swiss street photographer whose career spans more than seven decades, died at her home in Paris, the AFP reports. She was 97 years old. Weiss has photographed everything from celebrity portraits like Alberto Giacometti and Brigitte Bardot to all types of chance sights in various cities. “I went to morgues and factories, I took pictures of rich people and I took fashion pictures”, the AFP quoted his word. “But what’s left are the photos I took for myself, in stolen moments.” BBC News at published a portfolio of his images. Late in his life, Weiss stopped taking photos but continued to work on his archives. In 2017, she donated some 200,000 negatives, along with other materials, to the Elysée Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
BIG FOUND. Using a process called 3D computed tomography scanning technology, researchers have digitally “unpacked” the mummified body of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I, the Guardian reports. Their research indicates that the ruler, who lived around 3,500 years ago, died at age 35, had healthy teeth, and was buried with 30 amulets and a golden belt. In other archeology news, the BBC the team reported on the intricate ancient Roman mosaic that was recently unearthed in a field in England. Alice roberts, a biological anthropologist who is preparing a television show about the discovery, said: “Nothing like this has been found in Britain for 100 years.”
Teresa Iarocci Mavica has stepped down as director general of the VAC Foundation and his GES-2 House of Culture, Who just opened in Moscow earlier this month. Mavica will continue to serve on the VA-C board of directors and will focus on the foundation site in Venice. [The Moscow Times]
the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado has become the last museum to temporarily close amid the coronavirus peak. He said he would keep its doors locked until January 7. [The Aspen Times]
the Valentine’s Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and Dustin Klein and Alex Criqui, who instantly projected iconic images onto the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Va., received a $ 670,000 grant for a light-based public art initiative called “Recontextualizing Richmond” by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Monuments Project. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
Speaking of monuments, some in New York are in a state of disrepair because they haven’t been maintained over the years, Zacharie Petit reports. A stone frieze from 1938 by Richmond Barthé, for its part, needs $ 1.8 million in repair work. [The New York Times]
Some experts are skeptical of using AI technology to reconstruct works lost or damaged by canonical artists. Discuss a Google effort to recreate a destroyed Gustav Klimt work, Jane Kallir, from New York Saint-Etienne Gallery, said, “These things look like cartoons. They don’t look like Klimt’s paintings. [The Washington Post]
beverly russell, a pioneering journalist who was editor-in-chief of magazines Interiors and Architecture, and who has championed women in the design world, passed away earlier this month at the age of 87. Russell suffered a medically assisted suicide. “My mother lived her life on her own terms and she wanted to go out on her own terms,” her son said. [The New York Times]
OUT OF THIS WORLD. Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, a pillar of the ARTnews The 200 best collectors list, is on board the International space station right now for a 12 day getaway with an advertised price of over $ 80 million (which included a seat for someone to film the trip for him.) He seems happy with his purchase. “Once in space, you realize how worth it to have this incredible experience,” Maezawa Recount the Associated press, although he said he was having a little trouble sleeping. “I can’t wait to play sports inside the space station: badminton, table tennis and golf,” he added. “What I don’t look forward to are the toilet stuff.” [Associated Press]