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Proposed ‘Tulip’ skyscraper breaches London planning guidelines

Plus: Hayward Gallery names Zoe Whitley as senior curator | Lamia al-Gailani (1939–2019) | and recommended reading

21 January 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Proposed ‘Tulip’ skyscraper breaches London planning regulations | Planners for the Greater London Authority (GLA) have found that the designs by Foster + Partners for a 305m-high tower in the City of London, are in breach of planning guidelines, the BBC reports. Several aspects of the design for the ‘Tulip’ do not follow the London Plan, it will disrupt protected views, and also fails to include free access for the public. The City of London is due to decide whether it will grant planning permission for the project, after which the proposal will be referred to the mayor for a final verdict.

Hayward Gallery appoints Zoe Whitley as senior curator | The Hayward Gallery in London has announced that Zoe Whitley, currently a curator of international art at Tate Modern, is to become its new senior curator. She will take up her new post on 8 April, replacing Vincent Honoré, who has been named the new artistic director of MoCo Contemporary Arts in Montpellier.

Lamia al-Gailani (1939–2019) | The Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani has died at the age of 80. Al-Gailani, one of the country’s first woman archaeologists, played a major role in restoring to the National Museum in Baghdad objects looted in the aftermath of the US-led invasion in 2003. 

Recommended reading | In his monthly blog for the Art Newspaper, Bendor Grosvenor argues that more of the Royal Collection ought to be displayed in Scotland. In the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl approves of Dana Schutz’s depictions of catastrophe. And in the London Review of Books, Tom Crewe tries to look past what George du Maurier called ‘the Burne-Jonesiness of Burne-Jones’.