Art News – weekly round-up

  • 12 September 2014

Late Turner at Tate, the Science Museum's new gallery and a lost explorer rediscovered – we round up the top art stories of the week.

JMW Turner, Dawn of Christianity, 1841 at Tate Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

JMW Turner, Dawn of Christianity, 1841 at Tate


Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Turner is late and great at Tate

Tate Britain’s new blockbuster exhibition Late Turner: Painting Set Free explores the many facets of JMW Turner’s late practice. Jonathan Jones gives it five stars calling it ‘an exciting and entrancing show’, while Alastair Sooke talks about ‘the painting that launched modern art’ in the Telegraph’s video.

Science museum plans new mathematics gallery

The Science Museum is to open a gallery devoted to mathematics, thanks to a £5 million donation from a City hedge fund manager – the largest private gift the museum has ever received. Museum director Ian Blatchford told the Independent ‘this appointment reflects our ambition to deliver the world’s foremost gallery of mathematics, both in its collection and its design’.

Lost explorer’s ship found

A ship carrying perhaps the greatest British maritime explorer of the Victorian age, Sir John Franklin, who disappeared in the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage, has been found nearly 170 years later. Franklin and his 128 men set off in two vessels, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in 1845 and never returned. The Daily Mail reports that Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has announced that marine archaeologists had identified one of the lost ships underwater off King William Island.

Stonehenge discovery

Archaeologists have discovered that Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the north-east in Wiltshire. According to the Telegraph, investigators from Birmingham and Bradford universities used powerful ground-penetrating radar and discovered a 330-metre line of more than 50 massive stones, buried under part of the bank of Britain’s largest pre-historic henge.

And finally…

The largest predatory dinosaur ever found terrorised the water more than the land, according to remarkable fossils dug up in the Moroccan Sahara. The Guardian reveals that the bones show that the meat-eating Spinosaurus spent most of its time in water, making it the first known dinosaur to have adopted a semi-aquatic lifestyle.