The Week in Art: 30 July - 5 August

  • 5 August 2011

We search the internet for the week's best art stories, so you don't have to! This week: death and rebirth as painter John Hoyland dies at 76, while Wrest Park and the National Museum of Scotland reopen to the public. Plus picketing art handlers and a wandering island...

We search the internet for the week's best art stories, so you don't have to!

This week: death and rebirth as painter John Hoyland dies at 76, while Wrest Park and the National Museum of Scotland reopen to the public. Plus picketing art handlers and a wandering island...
 

22.3.1969 by John Hoyland, who died this week aged 76 © John Hoyland

22.3.1969 by John Hoyland, who died this week aged 76

John Hoyland, abstract painter, dies aged 76

John Hoyland, the British abstract artist known for his large, vividly-coloured paintings, died on 31 July at the age of 76. The Guardian, the Independent and the Telegraph featured obituaries of the artist, whose Art Funded works can be seen here.

Refurbished National Museum of Scotland opens to public

Over 8,000 objects went on display for the first time this week at the reopened National Museum of Scotland. Among the pieces on display at the museum, which received a £47m makeover, are a life-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and an exotic bird stuffed by Charles Darwin. Read more in the Independent.

Wrest Park reopens following restoration

Wrest Park in Bedfordshire has reopened to the public following the first phase of a 20-year restoration project. The 90-acre park, which features the designs of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, retains designs from the 17th to 20th centuries and boasts views comparable to Versailles. Read the Guardian's report.

Out-of-contract art handlers picket Sotheby’s

Art handlers have picketed Sotheby’s in New York after discovering their jobs had been filled by temporary staff. Jason Ide, president of the union which represents the 43 workers, commented: “Putting multimillion-dollar works in the hands of a temporary crew is not a good idea”. Read more in The Times (subscription required).

Floating island breaks moorings, wanders globe

A ‘floating island’ installation at Cambridge’s Secret Garden Party festival has disappeared after its tether ropes were cut by ‘ignorant vandals’. The creators of the helium-filled Is Land, which has been linked to UFO sightings over the Isle of Wight, predict the installation may have reached the Czech Republic. Read the Telegraph's report.