Art News – weekly round-up

  • 19 September 2014

Constable masterpieces at the V&A, Ming magic at the British Museum and Tate's record-breaking exhibition – we round up the top art stories of the week.

A 15th century Longquan shrine, at the British Museum's Ming exhibition Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ming magic at the British Museum

The British Museum’s new exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China tells the story of a crucial time in the nation’s history, which saw it rise as a global super-power. Jonathan Jones finds the objects stunning but not entirely convinced by the show’s message, whereas Alastair Sooke gives it a five star review.

Master strokes at the V&A

Constable: The making of a master at the V&A shows the artists incredible ‘six-footers’ including The Hay Wain and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, which was bought with Art Fund assistance for Tate on behalf of five institutions in 2013. The Financial Times reports that a previously unknown oil sketch is also on display.

Richard III’s death explained

Detailed scans of bones show that King Richard III sustained 11 wounds at or near the time of his death, nine of them to the skull. The Daily Mail reveals the story of the king’s final moments and the discovery of his remains.

Record-breaking shows at Tate

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern is the first exhibition in the gallery’s history to exceed the 500,000 visitors mark. The Times reports that in 2002, Matisse/Picasso drew 467,166, while Damien Hirst’s solo show in 2012 was seen by 463,087 people.

And finally...

The image of a tongue hanging from between ruby lips has become synonymous with the Rolling Stones, but doubt has been cast on the inspiration for the iconic logo. Sid Maurer, an American artist, has claimed that a similar image he created three years earlier was seen by Brian Jones, and formed the basis for the logo.