Art News – weekly round-up

  • 22 August 2014

The National Gallery allows selfies, Grayson Perry reveals his new house and the world's largest hoard gets a clean-up – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Zoe Williams takes a selfie at the National Gallery

Zoe Williams takes a selfie at the National Gallery

National Gallery lifts photography ban

The National Gallery has given up trying to stop visitors taking snaps of themselves in front of the works of art, in a move that stems from the 'cult of the selfie'. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams investigates the allure of adding one’s own image in front of a masterpiece, whilst Sarah Crompton laments the decision.

Stay at Grayson Perry’s house

Get inside artist Grayson Perry's head by renting the Hansel and Gretel house he has co-designed in North Essex as part of Alain De Botton's Living Architecture project. The Independent reports that the new dwelling, called A House for Essex, is based on a rural Russian chapel and features a gold-coloured roof of copper alloy.

New works inspired by Turner will go on display

Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works Turner Colour Experiments are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner. The works will be shown alongside a new exhibition Late Turner: Painting Set Free at Tate Britain this autumn. According to the Independent Eliasson's fascination with Turner dates back to his own artistic beginnings in the late 1980s.

World’s largest hoard is cleaned up

The Grouville Hoard, the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins, was found in 2012 buried in a field in the Channel Island of Jersey. The Times reports that – starting this week – the solid mass will be dismantled, coin by coin, before each is identified, cleaned and catalogued. The hoard is thought to be worth as much as £10million. An exhibition based around the discovery will run to the end of the year. 

And finally…

A statue known as Satyr Playing the Flute which resides in the grounds of Gatchina Palace near St Petersburg has been vandalised, by having its toenails painted. The repair bill to remove the ill-advised pedicure is expected to reach £41,000.