Art News – weekly round-up

  • 17 April 2014

New Banksy works are spotted in Bristol, Matisse's cut-outs wow the crowds at Tate Modern and Tom of Finland gets his own stamps – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Banksy's Mobile Lovers spotted in Bristol

Banksy's Mobile Lovers spotted in Bristol

A new Banksy work is spotted in Bristol…

A new work by the infamous graffiti artist has been spotted in Bristol. Named ‘Mobile Lovers’, it was tracked down after a photograph was uploaded to the artist’s website. The Telegraph reports that it was removed from the wall of Broad & Plain Riverside Youth Project a mere 6 hours later, in the hope that the work can be sold to raise funds for the organisation.

…and another appears down the road

A second unverified work that depicts spies in trench coats 'wire-tapping' a phone box has also sparked controversy. It is situated on the wall of a semi-detached home near the GCHQ surveillance base and the Daily Mail claims it has tripled the property’s value.

Matisse is cutting-edge at Tate Modern

Tate Modern’s new exhibition of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs have received critical acclaim. It is the first show to focus exclusively on this final phase of his career, between 1937-54, when he used hand cut paper to create striking images. Speaking to the Guardian, the artist’s great-granddaughter Sophie Matisse said, ‘It is such an amazing moment for me to see all these pieces together.’

Tom of Finland gets stamp of approval

Stamps featuring homoerotic images by Touko Laksonen, also known as Tom on Finland, are to be issued by the Finnish postal service in celebration of his status as a 'gay icon'. According to the Independent, he created more than 3,500 illustrations in the twentieth century and remains one of the country’s most popular native artists.

And finally…

A woman has claimed that a ‘cursed’ £230,000 Chinese vase has ruined her life. Andrea Calland decided to sell the ornament after finding it in her garage. She told the Daily Mail that after the vase fetched a staggering £228,000 at auction she became embroiled in a lengthy legal fight with her former mother-in-law over who should keep the money, resulting in staggering legal fees.