Art News – weekly round-up

  • 14 March 2014

Banksy's campaign art for Syria, the wonders of ruins at Tate Britain and Turner's twilight years – we round up the top art stories of the week.

John Piper's St Mary le Port, Bristol at Ruin Lust, Tate Britain Tate

John Piper's St Mary le Port, Bristol at Ruin Lust, Tate Britain

Lusting after loss at Tate Britain

The lure of ruins in art, from the romantic to the apocalyptic, is featured in the new Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain. The Observer’s Laura Cumming calls it a compelling show, including Constable’s ‘ramshackle’ Hadleigh Castle and ‘Piranesi's devastating vision of the Colosseum’.

Banksy’s heartfelt art

Graffiti artist Banksy has reworked his Young Girl with a Heart Balloon stencil to depict a young refugee, in aid of the With Syria campaign and to mark three years since the conflict began. According to The Independent the image was projected onto the Eiffel Tower, Nelson’s Column and other international landmarks, as well as featuring in a campaign video.

Sir Hugh Leggatt passes away

The art dealer, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to save masterpieces for the nation’s galleries, died on 8 March. Sir Leggatt gave £100,000 to the Art Fund towards the portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley, which went to the National Portrait Gallery. His legacy is remembered in The Times obituary.

Turner’s twilight years

Late Turner – Painting Set Free is to be the major exhibition at Tate Britain this autumn. The Telegraph reports that it is the first major survey of the works JMW Turner produced in the 15 years up to his death in 1851, which hopes to overturn ‘the myth his mind and hand increasingly failed’ as he grew older.

And finally…

David Hasslehoff is to auction off some of his celebrity memorabilia in aid of the Starlight Foundation. According to The Daily Mail items include a signed Baywatch jacket and lifeguard seat, but not his prized KITT Knight Rider car.