Art News – weekly round-up
- 23 January 2015
Tate Britain announces Hepworth retrospective, Paolozzi mosaics come under threat and a royal hat arrives at Hampton Court – we round up the top art stories of the week.
Tate announces Hepworth retrospective
Tate Britain brings Barbara Hepworth back in focus with a new retrospective set to open this summer. The exhibition will feature sculpture not seen since the 1960s and present the importance of photography in her practice. Chris Stevens, head of displays at Tate Britain, told the Financial Times 'In the age of Google . . . what might have taken you five years to track down, or not, will take you a few days or weeks.' Jonathan Jones is less than thrilled at the notion of presenting Hepworth as an internationally influential artist, calling the idea 'petty nationalism'.
Paolozzi mosaics under threat
Mosaics designed by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi at Tottenham Court Road station in central London are under threat due to Crossrail redevelopment work on the site, heritage campaigners have warned. The Twentieth Century Society told the Independent 'They are integral to the scheme that Paolozzi set out for the station. We’re convinced more can be done to save them,' adding that they were 'much-loved and important'.
Royal hat arrives at Hampton Court
A fluffy red hat apparently belonging to Henry VIII is to go on display at Hampton Court. The headgear is said to have been hurled in the air after capture of Boulogne, and has been preserved in remarkable condition. According to the Times the item was purchased by the Historic Royal Palaces for £12,000 and is a remarkable piece of Tudor fashion even if it never worn by a royal.
Rubens opens at the RA
The Royal Academy's latest blockbuster show Rubens and His Legacy promises to show the scope and influence of this Flemish Master. Rachel Campbell-Johnston is disappointed by the lack of power in the display, whereas Mark Hudson finds the exhibition 'fascinating'.
It was 'museum selfie' day this week, with hundreds of visitors and gallery staff taking part. See some of the best images in the Guardian's slideshow.