The Week in Art: 6 August - 12 August

  • 12 August 2011

This week: a pilgrimage to Edinburgh as the world's largest arts festival attracts the nation's critics. Plus Ai Weiwei released from jail, curtains open on new Ron Arad installation, a missing Missal and fuming over forgeries...

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This week: a pilgrimage to Edinburgh as the world's largest arts festival attracts the nation's critics. Plus Ai Weiwei released from jail, curtains open on new Ron Arad installation, a missing Missal and fuming over forgeries...


David Mach's Coat Hanger Sculpture at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh © Richard Riddick

David Mach's Coat Hanger Sculpture at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Rylands acquires 'missing' Missal

The Art Fund has helped the University of Manchester’s John Rylands University Library acquire the ‘missing’ seventh volume of a celebrated Renaissance manuscript. John Rylands Library had previously housed six of the seven volumes of the Colonna Missal, which was commissioned for use in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Read more here.

Critics descend on Edinburgh

With the world's largest arts festival in full swing, critics from across Britain have flocked to the capital city of Scotland to size up what's on show. Charles Darwent from the Independent on Sunday reviews the visual arts at the festival and finds 'something for everyone', while the Observer's Laura Cumming reviews exhibitions by Tony Cragg, Robert Rasuschenberg and David Mach.

Jackie Wullschlager wrote about the festival's 'daring diversity and dynamism' for FT Weekend, while the Daily Telegraph carried Richard Dorment's review of Hiroshi Sugimoto's exhibition at the Dean Gallery alongside the Cragg and Rauschenberg shows.

Curtains open on 'Curtain Call'

The latest installation by designer Ron Arad, Curtain Call, opened this week in the Roundhouse, Camden. The piece consists of an eight-metre tall curtain hung in a circle, 18 metres in diameter, which serves as a projection screen for films by friends of Arad. Read Rowan Moore's review for the Observer.

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei released from jail

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been released from jail after three months of incarceration. The dissident artist, whose recent works include Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern and Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at Somerset House, has accepted an offer to teach at the Berlin University of the Arts. Read the Independent's report.

Fury over fine art forgery

The art world has been dragged into the courts as court papers allege that Knoedler of New York, a leading American art gallery, has been involved in selling forged artworks. The Dedalus Foundation, a group dedicated to the painter Robert Motherwell, have been also accused by art dealer Julian Weissman of authenticating a Motherwell painting which was later discovered to be forged. Read the full report at the Guardian.