Art News – weekly round-up

  • 14 February 2014

Richard Hamilton retrospective gets five stars, thumbs up for the Fourth Plinth, and Bacon smashes more auction records – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Richard Hamilton, Just what was it that made yesterday's homes so different, so appealing?, 1992 Tate © Richard Hamilton 2005. All rights reserved, DACS

Top of the Pops

Richard Hamilton’s retrospective exhibitions at Tate Modern and the ICA – featuring reconstructions of two of his famous installations – opened to critical acclaim this week. The Guardian’s Adrian Searle says ‘this retrospective not only tells a story, it shows us a Hamilton we probably never expected to see in full’. The Times and The Telegraph both gave Tate’s exhibition five stars.

Rule of Thumb

David Shrigley’s giant ‘thumbs up’ sculpture, Really Good, is one of two selected entries to appear on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The Independent reports that the news comes two months after Shrigley missed out on the Turner Prize to Laure Prouvost. ‘I wasn’t that disappointed not to win the Turner Prize as I didn’t expect to win,’ he said. ‘But I did really want to win this. It definitely makes up for the Turner.’ The sculpture will go up in 2016, after the other winning commission, Gift Horse by Hans Haacke.

The look of love

A painting by Francis Bacon depicting his lover has been sold at auction in London for £42million. According to the Guardian The Portrait of George Dyer Talking was bought by an anonymous telephone buyer on Thursday at Christie's in London, and is the most valuable work of art the auction house has ever sold in Europe.

Calls to return Parthenon marbles

The Times reports that the stars of The Monuments Men film, including George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon, have called for the British Museum to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. The film is loosely based on the efforts of a series of museum curators who worked with army units to recover lost artworks looted by the Nazis during the war.

And finally…

Planners in Cambridge have described a disputed £150,000 sculpture as the worst piece of public art they have ever seen. According to The Telegraph even the named artist responsible for the 13ft statue of a university don, Pablo Atchugarry, is denying it is his work.