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Beyoncé donates ring from Jay-Z to the V&A

11 May 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Beyoncé donates ring from Jay-Z to the V&A | The Victoria and Albert Museum announced today that Beyoncé has donated a ring designed by London-based jeweller Glenn Spiro to its permanent collection. The Papillon ring is formed of titanium wings, encrusted with green tsavorite stones, and surrounded with diamonds. It is on display in the museum’s William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, ‘alongside jewels associated with some of history’s most notable women’. The latter include Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and the Empress Josephine.

Historic England grants listed status to 17 postmodern buildings | Historic England has granted listed status to 17 buildings in the postmodern style, reports the Architects’ Journal. Among the newly listed structures are a number of buildings that proved highly controversial in their time, notably Venturi Scott Brown’s 1991 extension to London’s National Gallery – which has received a Grade I listing. Other buildings added to the register include John Outram’s Judge Business School in Cambridge, Charles Jencks and Terry Farrell’s Thematic House in London and the Truro Crown Courts, designed by Eldred Evans and David Shalev.

Anonymous donor steps in to pay penalty incurred by National Gallery of Canada | An anonymous donor has volunteered to pay a penalty incurred by Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada following its decision to remove Marc Chagall’s painting La tour Eiffel (1929) from a sale at Christie’s. The gallery had planned to deaccession the work in order to acquire a painting by Jean-Louis David painting that was at risk of leaving the country, but decided against the controversial move at the last moment.

Yvette Coppersmith wins Australia’s Archibald Prize for portraiture | Artist Yvette Coppersmith has won this year’s Archibald Prize, Australia’s top award for painting. Coppersmith was selected for her self-portrait, painted in the style of George Lambert and ‘inspired’ by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Established in 1921, the prize grants $100,000 for an exceptional portrait depicting ‘some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics’ and is open to any artist resident in Australia.

Leslie Brothers appointed director of Ulrich Museum of Art | Leslie Brothers has been named as the next director of Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art. Brothers currently serves as director of McDonough Museum of Art’s Center for Contemporary Art, a position she has held for 16 years. She replaces Bob Workman, who announced his decision to retire last November.

Recommended reading | On ArtNet, Kenny Schachter visits the New York editions of both Frieze and TEFAF, and wonders if the two fairs exist in parallel universes. In the New York Review of Books, Richard B. Woodward writes about Geoff Dyer’s new book about Garry Winogrand’s street photography. In the New Yorker Peter Schjeldahl reviews the Chaim Soutine exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Considering a different kind of visual culture entirely, in the Guardian Sam Knight looks at the two companies that have come to dominate the global eyewear trade.