Art News – weekly round-up

  • 24 October 2014

Art from Elsewhere opens, Grayson Perry asks Who Are You? and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is announced – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Grayson Perry and Chris Huhne on Who Are You?

Grayson Perry and Chris Huhne on Who Are You?

Grayson Perry launches exhibition and TV show

Grayson Perry’s new TV show Who Are You? and accompanying exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery has sparked debate about British identity. The Guardian discusses his interview with Chris Huhne on the show, whilst the Telegraph proclaims that the exhibition is ‘really rather good’.

Art from Elsewhere opens

Art from Elsewhere, now open at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow, shows works made outside the UK and recently acquired by Britain’s regional galleries thanks to the Art Fund. Jackie Wullschlager says ‘several important young voices enter British museums for the first time’, whilst Chelsea Pettitt, assistant curator with Hayward Touring, tells the Times that ‘international art is a way of learning, and if only people in London can access it, then that’s extremely limited. It’s important not to be so London-centric.’

Nature photography winner announced

The Natural History Museum's prize for Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been awarded to Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, who followed a pride of female lions in Tanzania for six months. According to the Independent the female lions had apparently just driven off one of the two pride males before they settled down to sleep.

Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in Paris

Frank Gehry’s new art museum in the Bois de Boulogne ‘could have done without the nautical flourishes’ says Rowan Moore, but Hugh Pearman thinks it is ‘perfectly, celestially mad’.

And finally...

Paul McCarthy’s sculpture of an abstracted Christmas tree was vandalised in a Paris square only a day after it was put up. The inflatable piece, which closely resembles a butt plug, caused outrage and has not been reinstated. According to the Guardian, the artist has been working on his new exhibition in retaliation, which will feature hundreds of chocolate Father Christmas figures, all with their own butt plug.