Art World Abstracts: French Artist’s Mother-Daughter Photo Censored, and More!

Diane Ducruet, Mother & Daughter II, 2014. (Photo courtesy artist's website)
Diane Ducruet, Mother & Daughter II, in progress, 2014. (Photo courtesy artist’s website)

French artist Diane Ducret’s polyptych photograph titled Mère Fille was removed from the exhibition “L’intime comme illusion,” part of the month-long festival Le Mois de la Photo, after the gallery showing the work received threats online. The artist now lists the work as “censored” on her website, and described the controversial image as “a vision of mother and daughter far from the Pietà archetype… Two bodies entwined, attempting to separate from each other.” Meanwhile, Françoise Paviot, the show’s curator said the piece was removed, “even though it was displayed in the gallery’s basement,” because of the inability to determine the seriousness of the threats. [The Art Newspaper]

It appears that the buyer for Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life, Vase with Daisies and Poppies, purchased for $61.8 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on Tuesday night, was Wang Zhongjun. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Mr. Wang, co-founder of Huayi Brothers Media Corp., is one of China’s richest men and the price he paid is thought to be the highest ever for Western art by a Chinese collector. [Wall Street Journal]

Last night, protestors returned to the Guggenheim, this time unfurling a three-story banner that read “LABOR ABUSE” and “Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi” from one of the upper floors of the rotunda’s spiraling ramp. The group responsible was Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), which recently finished its “52 Weeks” campaign to bring together individuals and collectives on the continuing hardships faced by workers on Saadiyat Island. This action marks the beginning of the “Countdown” campaign, which promises a series of direct actions. A protest is planned for the Gugg’s International Gala. [Hyperallergic]

The Met’s food vendor woes are far from over. They my have actually gotten worse with the opening of its new $65 million plaza. A report in the New York Times details that the museum’s main concern is the health and safety of its visitors, who may find difficulty navigating through the plaza around the 20 plus carts each day. The issue is also complicated by a state law that allows disabled veterans to set up shop in the area, making it hard for the museum to kick them off the curb easily. All that aside, ask yourself, if there were no vendors in front of the museum, would you really be up for walking all the way over to Lex for a hot dog? [New York Times]

It doesn’t happen as often as it does with music, film, or even books, but some works of art do evoke such strong emotional reactions as to move viewers to tears. Philip Hook takes a look at why Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus and the work of Mark Rothko can make art lovers weep. [Independent]

London’s mayor Boris Johnson has spoken out against potential arts funding cuts to the city, after a House of Commons culture, media, and sport committee report cited a “clear funding imbalance” between funds to London and other regions in England. [BBC] Art World Abstracts: French Artist’s Mother-Daughter Photo Censored, and More!