Art News – weekly round-up

  • 16 January 2015

Abstract adventures at the Whitechapel Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery plants a fake and Art Miles launches – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Dóra Maurer, Seven Rotations 1–6, 1979 Collection of Zsolt Somlói and Katalin Spengler © Dóra Maurer

Dóra Maurer, Seven Rotations 1–6, 1979


Collection of Zsolt Somlói and Katalin Spengler © Dóra Maurer

Adventures of the Black Square opens

The Whitechapel Gallery's new exhibition traces the influence of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square, featuring over 100 artists from across the globe. Rachel Campbell-Johnston finds a seemingly dry concept full of colourful fun, whilst Adrian Searle thinks the show it is rather crowded.

Spot the fake at Dulwich

Dulwich Picture Gallery has paid $120 (£79) to a Chinese studio to produce a copy of an Old Master painting, challenging visitors to spot the fake among its permanent collection. Ian Dejardin, Sackler director of the gallery, told the Independent that it is an intervention in 'one of the greatest Old Master collections in the world... we don’t like people coming to an exhibition and walking blinkered through, not noticing there’s a Rembrandt off to the left'.

Ancient carving bought for Somerset Heritage Trust

A medieval stone relief depicting St Peter has been bought for Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton. The 10th-century carving had previously been used as a cat’s gravestone, reports the Daily Mail, after a stonemason found it in a quarry. The purchase was made possible with help from the Art Fund.

Art Miles launches

Chiswick House and Gardens, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the William Morris Gallery will be the first hosts of Art Miles, a three-mile walk of their surroundings, with a range of cultural activities en route. The initiative was devised by the Art Fund, director Stephen Deuchar says the aim was to boost community support for smaller venues. Culture24 explains the fundraising process.

And finally...

Adam Blackman's photograph of a squirrel in motion casts a likeness to breakdancing. It has been shortlisted for the British Wildlife Centre's photographic competition.