Art News – weekly round-up

  • 13 March 2015

Alexander McQueen retrospective opens at the V&A, Churchill paintings are gifted to Chartwell and museums ban selfie sticks – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Savage Beauty at the V&A

Savage Beauty at the V&A

McQueen retrospective opens at the V&A

The much-anticipated V&A retrospective of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has wowed the critics ahead of the opening this weekend. Jess Cartner-Morley calls it ‘the best-dressed haunted house you will ever visit’ and the Times gives it five stars. The show has already sold 70,000 advance tickets and is set to be the museum’s most popular exhibition to date.

Glasgow School of Art excavation continues

As conservators continue to excavate the school after a horrific fire last year they can reveal that about 8,000 books and journals in the prized Mackintosh Library and 90 oil paintings on canvas were destroyed. According to the Guardian, although about 90% of the grade A-listed building was saved, the library, one of the world’s finest examples of art nouveau design, was almost entirely devastated.

Churchill paintings gifted to Chartwell

An important collection of paintings by Winston Churchill has been accepted for the nation in lieu of inheritance tax and will mostly hang at his family home, the National Trust property Chartwell. The 37 paintings were offered following the death of the wartime leader’s last surviving child, Mary Soames, who died in May last year. The Telegraph reports that Churchill produced more than 500 paintings and continued his hobby well into his 80s.

Afghan performance artist protests in Kabul

An Afghan artist has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats for dressing in metal ‘armour’ featuring exaggerated breasts and buttocks. Kubra Khademi wore the unusual outfit in a performance on the streets of Kote Sangi in Kabul, to highlight the problems of sexual harassment faced by women. According to the Independent Khademi spent four months interviewing women about sex, sexuality and identity, before her demonstration.

And finally...

The irritating 'selfie sticks' used to attach smart phones and cameras have been banned from the National Gallery – and London's other major museums could be set to follow suit says the Daily Mail.