Art News – weekly round-up

  • 20 June 2014

Picasso's hidden figure is discovered, Art Happens launches and the tomb of Richard III is revealed – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Pablo Picasso, The Blue Room, 1901 © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society

Pablo Picasso, The Blue Room, 1901


© 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society

Hidden Picasso figure discovered

Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece The Blue Room has a mystery portrait of an unknown man hidden under its surface, experts have claimed. The Telegraph’s video shows the infrared process undertaken at The Phillips Collection in Washington that revealed the lost figure.

Art Happens

A new crowdfunding scheme to help UK museums and galleries raise money for new projects has been launched by the Art Fund. Art Happens is asking the public to donate money for projects costing between £10,000 and £25,000. The Guardian and The Telegraph report on the Jerwood Gallery’s prospective Chapman Brothers exhibition.

Rare stamp breaks records

A 19th century postage stamp sold for a record $9.5m – almost one billion times its original face value – at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York this week. According to The Financial Times the 1856 British Guiana one-cent magenta is regarded by collectors as the world’s most famous rare stamp.

New tomb for Richard III

The bones of Richard III will be reburied next year in Leicester Cathedral in a coffin made by the woodworker Michael Ibsen, the seven times great-nephew of the last Plantagenet king. The Independent reveals images of the final design.

And finally...

A celluloid sheet from the last ever black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoon could be sold for £60,000 in Texas. The background slide and plastic cell is from Mickey's Service Station, 1935.