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Tate Modern extension wins RIBA award

23 June 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Tate Modern extension wins RIBA National Award | Tate Modern’s Switch House, which has been renamed the Blavatnik Building, is one of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ buildings of the year. RIBA praised the building as ‘a project of immense complexity and ingenuity’. Among the other 49 award recipients are a renovation project for Leicester Cathedral, Norwich’s Enterprise Centre, and Magdalen College Library in Oxford.

Antony Gormley asks for Crosby beach sculptures to be cleaned | Antony Gormley has asked Sefton council to remove colourful paint added to his work Another Place, a group of statues he installed on Crosby beach in 2005. The life sized figures have been embellished (or vandalised) with painted-on ‘clothing’ and slogans by unidentified members of the public.

Sunday Painter gallery to move to Vauxhall | Peckham’s Sunday Painter gallery has announced that it is to relocate to new premises in Vauxhall this September. The 2,100 sq ft new space will be considerably larger than the gallery’s current premises. Founded in 2008, the artist-run gallery operated without permanent premises for some years prior to opening its Peckham space.

Recommended reading | In the Guardian, Charlotte Higgins offers an in-depth overview of Nicholas Serota’s achievements, concluding that ‘there is no individual who has done more to change the way this country sees art’. In the London Review of Books, Eleanor Birne visits the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, and Hilton Als reminisces about Diane Arbus in the New York Review of Books.