Briefing

Bill Cunningham passes away and details are announced for the 2016 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters

  • Legendary fashion and street photographer Bill Cunningham has died, aged 87. Cunningham, who in 2009 was made a ‘living landmark’ by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, worked for The New York Times for 40 years.
     
  • Art historian and curator Philipp Demandt is set to become the new director of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Demandt, who is currently the director of Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, will assume the post in October. (German)
     
  • Dealers in Germany are fighting against a newly proposed cultural property protection law that aims to prevent the illegal trafficking of looted antiquities, arguing that the ruling would also have an impact upon the legal trade.
     
  • An Italian environmental group is set to file a complaint against Bulgarian artist Christo's latest work, The Floating Piers, claiming that it represents a waste of public funds. The large-scale installation, which connects the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo with a walkway comprising 200,000 polyethylene cubes, cost roughly USD$16.8 million to produce.
     
  • American sculptor Tony Feher has died, aged 60. Feher, who had his first solo exhibition in 1993 at Wooster Gardens, New York, was known for his work with rudimentary materials such as bottles, jars and string.
     
  • Details of curators, galleries and new sections have been announced for the 2016 editions of Frieze London and Frieze Masters.

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