Art News – weekly round-up

  • 24 April 2015

Indigenous Australia at the British Museum, a record-breaking timepiece at the National Maritime Museum and a dinosaur discovery – we round up the week's top art news!

Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, Kungkarangkalpa, 2013 © The artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project

Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, Kungkarangkalpa, 2013

Indigenous Australia opens at the British Museum

the first major exhibition in the UK to present a history of Indigenous Australia through objects celebrates the cultural strength and resilience of both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Jonathan Jones gives the show five stars, calling it a ‘wonderful exploration’. However Alastair Smart disagrees, saying it ‘undervalues millennia of achievement’.

Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

From knitted swimwear and bright ballgowns to the pure colour and rhythm of her paintings Sonia Delaunay was an abstract pioneer. The Independent celebrates Tate Modern's exhibition of this often overlooked artist.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park breaks records

More than 40,000 people visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2014 – the highest number in its 37-year history. The Yorkshire Post reports that the record-breaking visitor numbers follow other significant achievements in 2014, including winning the largest arts prize in the UK – the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

Like clockwork at the National Maritime Museum

One of Guinness World Records’ more unusual awards was presented at the National Maritime Museum. The Observer reports that after a 100-day trial, the timepiece known as Clock B – which had been sealed in a clear plastic box to prevent tampering – was officially declared, by Guinness, to be the world’s ‘most accurate mechanical clock with a pendulum swinging in free air’.

And finally…

According to the Telegraph a giant clutch of 43 fossilised dinosaur eggs were discovered by workmen doing roadworks in China. The find was made in the city centre of Heyuan, south-east China, by workman laying a sewage pipe.