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UK government places export bar on Turner’s ‘Dark Rigi’

5 August 2019

 Our daily round-up of news from the art world

UK government places export bar on Turner’s Dark Rigi | A temporary export bar has been placed by the UK government on JMW Turner’s The Dark Rigi, the Lake of Lucerne (1842), a watercolour depicting a Swiss mountain landscape, in the hope of finding a buyer who will keep the painting in the UK. The bar will expire on 1 December, but may be extended until June 2020 if a UK institution begins an effort to raise funds for the work, which is valued at £10m. Arts minister Rebecca Pow said the painting’s export would represent a ‘terrible loss to the whole country’.

Child ‘thrown’ from Tate Modern in critical but stable condition | A six-year-old boy who was reportedly thrown from the 10th-storey viewing platform at Tate Modern in London on Sunday afternoon (4 August) is now in a critical but stable condition, according to a police spokesperson. A teenager was arrested on a charge of attempted murder following the incident.

Aspen Institute to open centre dedicated to Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer | The Aspen Institute will open an arts and educational facility dedicated to Herbert Bayer, the interdisciplinary Bauhaus artist and teacher who designed the institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. Named the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, the facility is expected to open in 2022.

Don Suggs (1945–2019) | The Los Angeles-based artist and educator Don Suggs has died at the age of 74. Known for his inventive use of colour, Suggs was a professor of painting and drawing at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1984 until his retirement in 2014. ‘He was interested in so many things: science, politics, formalism,’ Rebecca Campbell, a former student, told the LA Times‘He didn’t put parameters on the work.’