Art News – weekly round-up

  • 2 May 2014

Van Dyck is saved, wedding dresses take centre stage at the V&A and stand-up comedians take to the gallery.

Embroidered wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933 © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Embroidered wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933

Wedding Belles at the V&A

Wedding gowns from throughout history are at the V&A’s Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition. The show includes the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexandra McQueen creation and Kate Moss’s John Galliano frock, as well as lesser-known pieces from more humble ceremonies. Curator Edwina Ehrman told the Guardian ‘I wanted the exhibition to involve ordinary people, not just weddings we've seen before.’

Van Dyck saved!

This week it was announced that Van Dyck’s last
self-portrait is to stay in the country after a successful campaign raised more than £10m to save it for the nation. A grant of £6.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund combined with donations from the public, two private trusts, the Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery saved the work. The Telegraph quoted Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, who said ‘the fundraising campaign [is] the most successful for a single piece of art work in history’.

Art at the Albert Hall

Acclaimed pop artist Peter Blake has unveiled his new triptych at the Royal Albert Hall. The mural, Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, features 400 people who have performed at the venue. The Times reports that as he was producing the mural he kept getting messages asking for more people to be included. ‘We would finish and then get the message that we have got 10 more. By the end we were just fitting heads in where we had space.’

Bob Dylan manuscript is going for a song

The working draft in Dylan's own hand of Like a Rolling Stone is expected to fetch between $1 and $2 million at Sotheby's New York this summer, in the inaugural rock and roll auction. According to The Independent the four-page working manuscript has corrections, revisions and additions and comprises the essential final draft of the song.

And finally…

Stand-up comics have taken to the gallery, offering unusual guides to leading art institutions such as Tate and the Met in New York. Alice Jones from the Independent reports on her hilarious experience.