Art news – weekly round-up

  • 31 January 2014

Van Gogh's sunflowers reunited, red paintings top the auctions and the face of ancient man is revealed – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings at the National Gallery John Stillwell/PA

Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings at the National Gallery

National Gallery in full bloom

For the first time since 1947 two of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous sunflower paintings are on display together in the UK. The National Gallery has displayed its own painting alongside the version that usually hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The pair will be exhibited for three months. Speaking to The Guardian curator Christopher Riopelle said 'It has taken 65 years to happen and will probably take another 65 for it to happen again because both paintings are so central to what our museums do'.

Sales see red

Paintings which feature the colour red are likely to rise in value thanks to the booming Chinese market, experts at Sotheby’s have said. Cheyenne Westphal, chairman of Contemporary Art Europe at the auction house told The Telegraph 'Red is the most emotive colour in art. It's powerful, it's lucky in many nations – for example for the Chinese'. All four of the star lots in Sotheby’s February sale feature a striking red colour, including a Richter painting called Wand, set to sell at an estimated £15 million.

Martin Creed retrospective opens at The Hayward Gallery

As the Hayward opens Martin Creed’s first major retrospective this week, The Guardian speaks to Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, who as head of Tate Britain commissioned Creed's Work No 850, which saw athletes running a relay along the museum's Duveen Galleries.

The face of ancient man

DNA taken from the wisdom tooth of a European hunter-gatherer has given scientists an unprecedented glimpse of modern humans before the rise of farming. According to The Independent the Mesolithic man, who lived in Spain around 7,000 years ago, had an unusual mix of blue eyes, black or brown hair and dark skin.

And finally...

The Telegraph has reported that a 15 year old cat owned collectively by the citizens of St. Andrews, Scotland, has been honoured with a £5,000 bronze statue by sculptor David Annand.