Art news weekly round-up

  • 12 December 2014

The Elvis exhibition arrives, Winnie the Pooh breaks auction records and Ed Vaizey tries to save an Aphrodite statue – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis on show

A new exhibition featuring over 300 items of Elvis memorabilia (including a golden telephone and school report cards) is now open at the O2 arena. The Times discusses the ramifications of his life being ‘turned over to the public’ and the Telegraph thinks the show ‘perpetuates an out-of-date myth’.

Aphrodite’s export ban

Cuture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an eleventh hour temporary export ban on a £10m Roman statue of Aphrodite, which is being auctioned by the Duke of Northumberland. The Times states that the sculpture was one of several heirlooms up for sale to pay off huge debts following the duke’s death in 2012.

Pooh and friends wow at auction

One of the most famous images of Winnie the Pooh has sold for £314,500 at auction, three times its estimate. According to the Independent EH Shepard's ink drawing of the bear playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin was published in 1928.

The Elgin Marbles controversy continues

As part of the marbles are loaned to Russia from the British Museum, Greece continues to fight to have them repatriated. Paul Vallely argues the marbles have ‘a legitimate home in more than one place’ and The Observer recalls British Museum director Neil MacGregor’s diplomatic negotiations.

And finally...

A series of 80 photographic works of people sporting impressive and interesting facial hair will go on display next year at Somerset House. See some of the shots via the Guardian.