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Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize

Plus: Experts fear changes to boundaries of Utah national park could endanger ancient Native American petroglyphs | Frick acquires Borghese portrait | Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China partner up for new heritage strategy | Enrico Castellani (1930–2017)

6 December 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Lubaina Himid awarded the Turner Prize | Lubaina Himid was named winner of the 2017 Turner Prize in a ceremony at Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery last night. Himid, aged 63, is the oldest artist to win the award, which this year changed its criteria to accept entrants over the age of 50. Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and head of the prize’s judging panel, described Himid’s ‘vital’ work as ‘resonant and relevant’ today. Himid, who was named Apollo’s artist of the year last month, was nominated for solo exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford, Nottingham Contemporary and Spike Island in Bristol. For more on her ‘extraordinary’ year, see our interview here.

Experts fear changes to boundaries of Utah national park could endanger ancient Native American petroglyphs | Conservation experts have warned that Donald Trump’s measures to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could threaten the future of ancient Native American rock art on the site. It is feared that by opening up the monument’s current boundaries to mining and oil production, a number of ancient petroglyphs could be destroyed. David S. Whitley, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, told ArtNet that development could ‘obliterate’ the sites.

Frick acquires Borghese portrait | New York’s Frick Collection has announced that it has bought a portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese by François Gérard, which the museum has described as its ‘most important painting purchase since 1991’. According to the New York Times, the Frick purchased the painting from a London dealer for an undisclosed price, attracted by its ‘pristine condition’ and ‘historical significance’; it is the only known portrait of Borghese, a major patron of the arts and Napoleon’s brother-in-law.

Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China partner up for new heritage strategy | Heritage minister John Glen has announced a new partnership that will see representatives for the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall in northern England share their expertise on managing and developing sites of major archaeological importance. The scheme – the first of its kind – will involve heritage experts from China and the UK exploring ideas for attracting more visitors to the two sites.

Enrico Castellani (1930–2017) | The Italian artist Enrico Castellani has died at the age of 87. Best known for his association with the Zero Movement of the 1950s and ’60s, Castellani is often cited as a precursor to minimalism and a key influence on artists including Donald Judd. Along with Piero Manzoni, Castellani founded the pioneering Azimut gallery in Milan in 1959, also publishing the associated Azimuth arts journal.

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