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James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry granted listed status

Plus: Huge Bronze Age torc discovered in Cambridgeshire field | Artists march on Ivanka Trump’s Manhattan apartment | Mathias Ary Jan to direct Biennale des Antiquaires under new name | and Heather Phillipson wins 2016 Film London Jarman Award

29 November 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry given Grade II* listing | James Stirling’s postmodernist landmark No. 1 Poultry has been granted Grade II* listed status by Historic England. The building, which stands near the Bank of England, has been described as a ‘highly significant late work by one of Britain’s foremost post-war architects’ by the heritage body. Completed in 1997, five years after Stirling’s death and long after the heyday of the postmodernist movement, No. 1 Poultry has proved a divisive addition to the architecture of the City of London: writer Jonathan Meades described it as ‘oafish’ and ‘retardataire’, while readers of Time Out voted it one of London’s worst buildings. Could the listing mark a turning point in attitudes towards postmodern architecture?

Huge Bronze Age torc discovered in Cambridgeshire field | A ‘spectacular’ Bronze Age torc – a form of metal ornament – has been discovered by a metal detectorist in a field near Peterborough, reports the Guardian. The torc, thought to be one of the largest examples of its type ever discovered, is thought to have been made around 3,000 years ago from 730 grams of almost pure gold. Many discoveries from the era have been made in the region, including an entire Bronze Age village at nearby Must Farm. ‘There was a lot going on in bronze age East Anglia,’ says British Museum curator Neil Wilkin. ‘But it’s been a while since we’ve had anything as hefty as this.’ The object is still being valued, and it is hoped that it will eventually be acquired by Ely Museum.

Artists march on Ivanka Trump’s Manhattan apartment | Last night, more than 150 artists, curators and gallery employees turned out to protest outside New York’s Puck Building, where Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the President-elect, has an apartment. According to the New York Times, the ‘quiet, orderly’ protest drew artists including Cecily Brown, Marilyn Minter and Nate Lowman. (Ms Trump, who collects art, is believed to own examples of the latter’s work). ‘We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters’, Minter told the NYT.

Mathias Ary Jan to lead French art dealers’ association | Paris-based dealer Mathias Ary Jan is to take over as president of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires and its Biennale des Antiquaires fair, which is to be staged under a new name, the Antiques Trade Gazette reported last week. Ary Jan, who specialises in 19th-century European painting, replaces Dominique Chevalier in the role. Additionally, Biennale president Henri Loyrette will be replaced by publisher Christopher Forbes. The fair itself will now be renamed La Biennale Paris.

Heather Phillipson wins 2016 Film London Jarman Award | At a ceremony at the Whitechapel Gallery yesterday, artist Heather Phillipson was named winner of this year’s Film London Jarman Award. Chosen by a jury that included the Whitechapel’s Iwona Blazwick and Emma Morris of the Towner Art Gallery, Phillipson was praised for her ‘complex’ and ‘anarchic’ body of work. Phillipson will receive £10,000 and a commission to make a short film for Channel 4’s ‘Random Acts’ series.

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