Art news – weekly round-up

  • 6 December 2013

Turner Prize surprise, a Picasso raffle and a painter making his exhibition debut at the age of 99 – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Laure Prouvost, winner of the 2013 Turner Prize AP

Laure Prouvost, winner of the 2013 Turner Prize



Prouvost takes Turner laurels

The French-born multimedia artist Laure Prouvost was named the 2013 Turner Prize winner at a ceremony in Derry-Londonderry on Monday. Her installation, Wantee, tells the fictional tale of her grandfather, utilising a table set for tea and high-tech video feeds. The Telegraph reports that she was an outside bet, beating higher profile nominees Tino Sehgal and David Shrigley to the £25,000 prize. In an interview with Stuart Jeffries for The Guardian Prouvost talks about her shock at winning, the influence of tea and her love of Britain.

Pick up a Picasso

Sotheby’s is holding a rather unusual auction in Paris: instead of the typical bidding war, a $1m Picasso gouache titled Man in the Opera Hat is being raffled off. As The Times’ Will Pavia reports, 50,000 tickets are being sold at €100 each, with the proceeds going to the International Association to Save Tyre, a group which campaigns to preserve the architecture of the ancient Lebanese city.

German gift to British Museum

German industrialist Count Christian Dürckheim has donated an astounding £1m collection of German art to the British Museum. Featuring 34 prints and drawings by artists including Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz, the collection will go on display in February to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. According to Jack Malvern writing for The Times, the count wished to find a home for his collection abroad to give 20th-century German art a wider audience.

And finally…

Artist John Beck is holding the first ever public exhibition of his work – at the age of 99. Beck has been painting for decades and, and a selection of his paintings will be on show at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery until 20 December. In an interview with the BBC, Beck said: 'I'm a bit nervous. It never occurred to me that people might be interested. I've painted for as long as I can remember but never thought about showing my work to anyone.'