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Hull landmarks to get listed status | A number of landmarks in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, are to be listed, reports the Guardian. Among them the 1,410-metre–long Humber Bridge, which is to be Grade-I listed, Philip Larkin’s flat at 32 Pearson Park, the city’s tidal surge barrier, and the church of St Michaels and All Angels. Hull Council claims that the city has attracted more than £1bn of investment since it won the UK City of Culture bid in 2013. All of which is good news for the…
Five cities shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021 | Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, and Swansea are in competition for the title of UK City of Culture 2021, reports Arts Professional. The title, which was established to build on Liverpool’s success as European City of Culture in 2008, is awarded every four years. The five contenders will submit a final bid by the end of September, with the winner to be announced in December.
Louvre releases details of works damaged in Paris storms | The Louvre has released information about the damage caused to works in its collection after storms earlier this month saw Paris inundated by two inches of rainfall in the space of an hour. According to ArtNet, water seeped into the museum’s Denon wing, and also entered the first floor of the Sully Wing and the second floor of the Cour Carrée.
Suspected fakes confiscated in Genoa | Italian authorities have seized 21 works supposedly by Amedeo Modigliani on suspicion that certain paintings may be fake. According to the Daily Telegraph, the works had been shown in a major exhibition at the Doge’s Palace in Genoa, the pre-publicity material of which moved collector and critic Carlo Pepi to express concerns that some of them might be counterfeit.
Recommended reading | Opinions are split on Tate Modern’s ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’. In the Observer, Laura Cumming hails it as a ‘riveting show – angry, zestful, ebullient, sardonic, wildly energetic, powerfully direct, occasionally sorrowful and tentative’. In the Sunday Times (£) Waldemar Januszczak describes it as a ‘harsh and choleric event’ that gives voice to ‘some artistic attitudes that no one ought to support’. In the Art Newspaper, Lisa Movius reports on the response of Chinese artists to the death of Nobel Prize-winning writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo. Meanwhile, Friedrich Engels has returned to the north west, courtesy of artist Phil Collins. Watch his resurrection with the Manchester Evening News.