Art News – weekly round-up

  • 9 October 2014

Polke opens at Tate, Tracey Emin impresses the critics and ancient cave paintings are discovered – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Tracey Emin, Good Red Love, 2014 © Tracey Emin DACS 2014 Photo: Ben Westoby Courtesy White Cube

Tracey Emin, Good Red Love, 2014


© Tracey Emin DACS 2014 Photo: Ben Westoby Courtesy White Cube

Adventure time for Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin’s new exhibition The Last Great Adventure is You at White Cube Bermondsey has impressed critics. Rachel Campbell-Johnston says that ‘for all the new maturity of Emin’s vision, this show feels like a starting point’. Jonathan Jones gives the show five stars.

Polke retrospective opens at Tate

A full scale retrospective of the German artist Sigmar Polke opened at Tate Modern this week. The Telegraph’s Richard Dorment finds that he embodies the 1960s with truly sensational paintings that ‘embrace the whole human experience’.

Churchill paintings are bequeathed to the nation

38 of Winston Churchill’s paintings are being offered to the nation by the estate of Mary Soames, Churchill’s youngest daughter, who died this year. The Financial Times reports that 36 works are already on display at Chartwell, the Churchill family home in Kent, with one in the Houses of Parliament and another at the Imperial War Museum.

Ancient cave paintings discovered

Paintings of wild animals and hand markings on cave walls in Indonesia are at least 35,000 years old it has been discovered, making them some of the oldest artworks known. Watch the Guardian’s video on how experts deciphered the amazing discoveries.

And finally…

Stick men, scribbles and 1,000-year-old smiley faces adorn the margins and blank pages of the world's oldest manuscripts. The Independent talks to a book historian in the Netherlands, who finds they represent a portal to a lost time, and are as rich a source of discovery as the texts themselves.