This n' That: A Weekly Roundup of Photographic News
Andy Warhol, Burger King and the Super Bowl
Andy Warhol stole the show with a surprise appearance in this years Super Bowl. The game, which is know for it’s high-profile advertisements had a Burger King commercial featuring Andy Warhol eating a Whopper, uninterrupted for 45-seconds and ending with the hashtag #EatLikeAndy. The hashtag from Burger King is meant to promote their new mystery-box which can be ordered when using DoorDash.
Burger King successfully got permission from the Warhol foundation and said this “The spot is meant to break through the traditional SuperBowl commercial break, filled with explosions, slapstick jokes and celebrities, with an almost silent, yet powerful work of art.”
You can watch the commercial here.
Ai Weiwei Calls Out Trump and US
Ai Weiwei has spent his career as an artist and activist shedding light on human rights violations and those who carry them out. He was once arrested in 2011 by the Chinese government - who are the target of much of his work - for his harsh criticism and has been under a close eye ever since.
This past week he called out the US for what he cites as their “complicity in creating this monstrous regime [China]”, calling them “a willing partner” in the growth of an authoritarian state. The statement comes in lieu of Trump’s comments about the arrest of Meng Wanzhou of Huawei, saying he would interfere if he could “close a trade deal with China.”
The full statement can be read here.
Photo London 2019 Announced: Stephen Shore and Vivian Maier
Stephen Shore is set to premiere new work in the UK this year at the 5th annual Photo London exhibition. The new and unseen work from Shore is titled Details and he’ll also be showing 60 small photographs from a single day in Los Angeles from 1969. Photo London’s founding directors Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad said “As his recent retrospective at MOMA (New York) admirably demonstrated, Stephen is a truly pioneering photographer who has consistently pushed the boundaries of image making throughout a long and successful career.”
Running from May 16-19 Photo London will also be exhibiting work from Vivian Maier, Roger Fenton, Eamonn Doyle, almost 100 galleries from 21 different countries, and a giant egg sculpture.
Tickets go on sale February 5th and photolondon.org.
Finalists for National Photographic Portrait Prize Announced
This year over 3,000 entries were received for the National Photographic Portair Prize Prize, which is judged by National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator, Dr Christopher Chapman, artist and photographer Hoda Afshar and Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, Anne O'Hehir.
The winners will be announced at the launch of the exhibition. The grand prize includes $30,000 in cash and $22,148 in photographic equipment, including an EOS 1Dx Mark II courtesy of Canon.
The exhibition of the 40 finalist portraits will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery Canberra from the 23rd of February to the 7th of April, followed by an exhibition tour. To view the complete gallery click here.
Documentary Photography Joins the Canon of British Art
Since it’s inception, the Tate Britain has long ignored photography in its renowned collection of international art. Until now, finally recognizing the work of photographer Don McCullin, who will be the first documentary photographer to ever have their work exhibited.
McCullin is a long-time renowned documentary photographer known for his war-time coverage. The monumental event marks the first time a British photographer’s work will be shown but still, as Simon Baker, the first curator of photography at Tate Britain who left last year, says “There is so much that needs to be done.” Baker also goes on to say that “they haven’t supported artists [until now] by giving them retrospectives and giving them their major show with a catalogue, the posters around town and all the things that come with it.” Hopefully this will set a precedent and allow for more photography to be included in the Tate’s space.
The exhibition starting on February 5th will run until May 6th. You can watch a video previewing the work here.