Art News – weekly round-up

  • 27 June 2014

Art Everywhere asks for your vote, the Serpentine Gallery's pavilion opens and the BP Portrait Award winner is announced – we round up the top art stories of the week.

The Serpentine pavilion by Smiljan Radic

The Serpentine pavilion by Smiljan Radic

Serpentine's summer pavilion opens

London's Serpentine Gallery has unveiled their latest annual pavilion. The Chilean architect Smilijan Radic has created the temporary structure. Richard Morrison at The Times calls the unusual form ‘the weirdest yet’, while The Guardian talks about the architect’s previous commissions.

BP portrait prize is announced

A large, formally posed painting of a homeless German man called Karel has won the BP portrait prize. The Independent reveals that Thomas Ganter was named winner the £30,000 prize, now in its 25th year, for his portrait Man with a Plaid Blanket. The National Portrait Gallery exhibition featuring the shortlisted artists is now open, watch our video about the selection here.

Art Everywhere will fill the streets with art again

The 2014 Art Everywhere project, which asks the public to choose their favourites from more than 70 British artworks, is asking the public for their votes. Culture 24 reports that Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley will reveal the final works at a press view on July 16. Art Everywhere US has also launched, with artnet stating that Edward Hopper’s The Nighthawks is dominating the polls.

The National Gallery shows its true colours

Making Colour at the National Gallery shows the history of pigment in painting throughout the ages. Laura Cumming finds few questions answered, whereas Jackie Wullschlager finds the show enjoyable but not overly indepth.

And finally…

A student had to be rescued from a giant sculpture that resembles female genitalia in Tübingen, Germany. According to The Guardian 22 firemen were called to the scene in order to free the American from Chacán-Pi (Making Love) by Fernando de la Jara.