Art News – weekly round-up
- 9 May 2014
Edible Masterpieces, the Turner Prize shortlist and the Natural History Museum recieves record-breaking gift – we round up the top art stories of the week.
Turner Prize shortlist announced
Glasgow graduates dominate the shortlist for the 30th Turner Prize. Ciara Phillips, Duncan Campbell and Tris Vonna-Michell all studied at Glasgow School of Art, and are joined by James Richards, a Chelsea School of Art graduate. The Guardian’s Adrian Searle calls it 'an unexpected shortlist', whereas Mark Hudson writes 'only the contemporary art world will understand what is going on with the artists chosen' in the Telegraph.
Controversial collector dies
The German collector Cornelius Gurtlitt, whose secret hoard of over 1,000 artworks triggered international uproar over the fate of art looted by the Nazis, died age 81 on May 6. The Guardian reports that Kunstmuseum Bern has confirmed it will inherit his collection, while the provenance over disputed works continues to be investigated.
Frances Quinn, 2013 winner of the Great British Bake-off, visited the Art Fund's headquarters to reveal her own edible masterpiece: a beautiful cheesecake inspired by Henri Matisse's Blue Nude (I). Quinn created the cake to support the Art Fund's fundraising initiative Edible Masterpieces, which asked art lovers and keen cooks to make edible creations inspired by iconic works of art.
Natural History Museum receives record gift
London’s Natural History Museum has found a welcome new source of funds: a £5m donation from a hedge fund manager. Sir Michael Hintze, founder of the CQS fund, said he was making the record-breaking gift because he was 'excited about the science' at the museum. The Financial Times explains that government grants cover only 60% of the museum budget, and there are about 18 other sources of significant revenue.
One of the UK's most recognisable pieces of public art – Antony Gormley's Angel of the North – is being used to advertise bread, with supermarket chain Morrisons projecting an image of a baguette on to the majestic wings of the sculpture. The Independent’s Grace Dent is baffled.