Art News – weekly round-up

  • 25 April 2014

Museum of the Year finalists announced, David Bailey photographs the Queen and British Council set to celebrate Shakespeare – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Tate Britain, London Photograph: Marc Atkins

Tate Britain, London


Photograph: Marc Atkins

Museum of the year finalists announced

The six finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year were announced on Thursday evening on BBC Front Row. Tate Britain, the Hayward Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Mary Rose Museum, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft are all in the running for the £100,000 prize. The Guardian reports on each of the museums' unique attributes while the Telegraph compares the comparatively tiny Ditchling Museum to Tate Britain's enormous scale.

Shakespeare celebrations

The British Council chose William Shakespeare's 450th birthday on Wednesday to announce ambitious plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death in 2016. Sir Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council, told the Independent: 'Shakespeare provides an important connection to the UK for millions of people around the world, and the world will be looking to celebrate this anniversary.'

McQueen show comes home to London

One of the most popular shows in the history of New York's Metropolitan Museum, a retrospective devoted to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, is to come to the V&A in 2015. The Guardian's Mark Brown writes that the Savage Beauty show was wildly successful, attracting more than 660,000 visitors in 2011, making it the eighth most visited exhibition in the Met's 142-year history.

David Bailey reveals portrait of the Queen

A portrait of the Queen by acclaimed photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to celebrate her 88th birthday and as part of the GREAT campaign to promote Britain. The Daily Mail quoted Bailey’s thoughts on meeting the monarch, saying she had 'very kind eyes with a mischievous glint'.

And finally...

A dozen previously unknown digital artworks created by Andy Warhol have been discovered on a set of 30-year-old floppy discs. According to the BBC the doodles and photo manipulations were created by Warhol in 1985, under commission from Commodore – creator of the Amiga computer.