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  • 7 November 2014

Politicians plea for poppies to stay at the Tower of London, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner gets rave reviews and Andy Warhol opens in Liverpool – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Mike Leigh's Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall

Mike Leigh's Mr Turner starring Timothy Spall

Mr Turner is a hit

Mike Leigh’s biopic of JMW Turner, starring Timothy Spall, has received rave reviews for its portrayal of the artist’s later life. The Daily Mail refers to it as a ‘screen masterpiece, as beautiful as the artist’s own paintings’ whilst the Independent gives it five stars. Read Art Quarterly's interview with the leading man here.

Calls to extend run time of the poppy memorial at the Tower of London

Leading politicians including Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg have asked the Tower of London to delay the dismantling of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. The installation, featuring 888,246 poppies, was due to be dismantled after Armistice Day, the Times reports. Watch a time lapse video of the piece, which has apparently had almost four million visitors, via the Telegraph.

Record-breaking Manet

A portrait of a Parisian actress by Edouard Manet has set a new auction record for the French impressionist. According to BBC News Les Printemps sold at Christie’s in New York for $65 million (£40.6m), almost doubling the previous record of $33.2 million (£20.7m) for a work by Manet.

Andy Warhol opens at Tate Liverpool

Transmitting Andy Warhol at Tate Liverpool opens today, and recreates the world of the Factory and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Jonathan Jones says ‘Warhol is revealed in all his compassion and searing insight’ whereas Rachel Campbell-Johnston remains wary, describing the show as ‘more cerebral than visual’.

And finally…

The biggest ever exhibition of Elvis paraphernalia is to come to London’s O2 arena, with over 300 artefacts. The Independent can report that some of the personal items to be displayed will be leaving Memphis for the first time.