In Focus: Anja Niedringhaus Photojournalism Award Announced
The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the creation of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, honoring the courage and dedication of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan on April 4. Created with a $1-million endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in the footsteps of Niedringhaus, notes NPPA. Several years ago, the foundation provided funding for Niedringhaus to attend Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. Details of the award are still being workout out, reports PDN Pulse.
International Motion Art Awards: Laurie Rosenwald
Painter, author, designer, and educator Laurie Rosenwald notes at her website that she speaks Swedish like a native New Yorker, which makes sense since she divides her time between NYC and Stockholm. Her drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, New York magazine, and other publications, and she leads a novel workshop series on "how to make mistakes on purpose." Her new minute-and-a-half animated music video for the classic 1982 French rap song "Change the Beat"--which was named a winner of the International Motion Arts 2 competition--was, she says, "a perfect example" of her method: "Instead of trying to be creative, the kiss of death, I created something out of leftovers."
Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum
The exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What opens today at the Brooklyn Museum, the last stop on a U.S. tour that started, in a somewhat reduced form, at Washington’s Hirschorn Museum last year. At the media preview on Wednesday, the artist, who is not permitted to leave his home city of Beijing, produced a video for the occasion in which he named himself a representative of all Chinese dissidents harassed by the authorities. Running through his works and actions, which he...
Latin American Ilustracion: Marcelo Espinosa
Animals play a large role in the imagination of Mexican graphic designer and illustrator Marcelo Espinosa, and in his artwork. Wolves and dogs, frogs and panda bears are just some of his subjects, depicted with fluid colors and, very often, surrealist meaning. A year ago, Espinosa created an illustration in which a horse's head emerges from swirling lines--a visualization, he says, of "the constant change of our own selves." The work was named a winner of the Latin American Ilustracion 2 competition.