Art News – weekly round-up

  • Published 17 October 2014

Frieze hits London, the Stirling Prize winner and Rembrandt at the National Gallery – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Sophie Heawood at Frieze Photograph: Andy Hall for the Guardian

Sophie Heawood at Frieze


Photograph: Andy Hall for the Guardian

Frieze Art Fair causes a stir

The world's most famous art fair is back in London again, with critics dissecting the booths, dealers and collectors. The Guardian's Sophie Heawood experiences the fair for the first time, while Charlotte Higgins praises Hauser and Wirth’s booth. Frieze’s free outdoor sculpture park can be enjoyed by all, especially with the Art Fund’s free guide app.

Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre wins Stirling prize

The design by Haworth Tompkins architects was chosen ahead of the Shard, the LSE's student centre and the Olympic aquatics centre to win the prestigious architecture prize. The judges told the Independent that the building was 'truly for every man, woman and child' and hailed it as a 21st-century theatre that 'celebrates the past'.

Late Rembrandt opens at the National Gallery

The National Gallery’s Rembrandt: The Late Works is 'the vision of a master as he enters his majestic late period' according to the Times. Watch Jeremy Paxman's video about the exhibition, made for the Art Fund.

The Duke of Marlborough passes away

The Duke of Marlborough, custodian of Blenheim Palace, has died at the age of 88. According to the Daily Mail his title will be inherited by his eldest son the Marquess of Blandford as well as responsibility for the World Heritage site – along with the board of trustees – despite a previous legal battle to have him disinherited after a series of prison sentences and struggles with drug addiction.

And finally…

The University of Oxford has revealed an unusual interview process according to the Times, which examines how students approach an artwork they have never seen before, in a test of their abilities to dissect new subject matter.