Art News – weekly round-up

  • 21 February 2014

A Banksy sells for big bucks in Miaimi, Ai Weiwei's pot is smashed in protest and the launch of Edible Masterpieces – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Banksy's Kissing Coppers at Fine Art Auctions Miami Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Banksy's Kissing Coppers at Fine Art Auctions Miami


Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Expensive kisses

One of Banksy's most iconic works Kissing Coppers has sold at auction in Miami for $575,000. The Telegraph’s Alice Vincent reports that the stencil was removed from the wall of the Prince Albert pub in Brighton nearly three years ago. The original was replaced with a replica encased in Perspex after being carefully removed and flown to America in 2011, according to The Guardian and The Argus.

Protest pot

Florida artist Maximo Caminero has been charged with criminal mischief after deliberating dropping a vase worth $1 million (£600,000) made by Ai Weiwei. The Times reports that it was a protest at the lack of local artists on display at the Perez Art Museum.

German beauty

The National Gallery’s new exhibition Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance has opened this week. Alastair Sooke from The Telegraph writes ‘Holbein is an undisputed German master, but the concept behind this exhibition of his fellow German Renaissance painters is threadbare’.

Edible Masterpieces

The Art Fund launched its latest innovative fundraising initiative on Thursday – Edible Masterpieces. Art lovers are being encouraged to whip up delicious creations inspired by their favourite artworks to raise funds for UK museums and galleries. The Guardian photo gallery features a Mondrian cake and Wedgwood biscuits.

And finally…

The owners of fashionable eatery Les Trois Garçons in east London are selling off some of their posessions at a Christie's auction on March 5. The Telegraph states that the 381 lots include a painting by Jonathan Wateridge, as well as more eccentric pieces such as a collection of golden pineapples and a pair of stuffed 'unicorn' heads.