Art news / 25 – 31 July

1. The infamous painting of Elizabeth I, glowing in her post-Armada-defeat victory, has been purchased for the nation following a fundraising campaign launched in May by the Art Fund. The painting will become the centerpiece of the Queen’s House when it reopens on 11 October (before undergoing conservation in 2017). Sir Peter Luff, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) said, “This image has shaped our understanding of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, for over 400 years and I am delighted that it will now have such an appropriate permanent home in Greenwich.” (via The Guardian)

2. In advance of the 2016 Rio Olympic games, a number of Britain’s most exciting artists have created limited edition prints for Team GB, using images that celebrate Rio and Brazil. The eight artists chosen to make the prints are Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Johnson (neé: Sam Taylor-Wood), Anne Hardy, Howard Hodgkin, Sarah Jones, Eddie Peake, Benjamin Senior, David Shrigley. The artists were asked to create unique images in celebration of Rio and Brazil, with the spirit of Team GB as their inspiration. The prints will be released on Tuesday 2 August. (via Art Daily)

3. On Wednesday of this week, specialist art detective Arthur Brand announced via his Twitter account that he had recovered two stolen paintings from the Dutch Museum of Realist Art in 2009. The two works were Adolescence (1949) by Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí (featuring his beloved nanny); and Polish Art Deco sensation, Tamara de Lempecka’s, La Muscienne (1929). Brand said he had handed the paintings over to British police at Scotland Yard who are presently in contact with the masterpieces’ lawful owners. (via Art Daily)

4. For a little light-relief during the increasingly fraught American Presidential race, Artnet has compiled a list of American artists – including Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer and Alex Katz – and who they predict the artists will be voting for. (via Art Net)

5. As part of Art on the Underground’s new, post-BREXIT, campaign; ten artists have been selected to create works to convey the message that ‘London is Open’ to anyone, of any background. The artists included the likes of David Shrigley, who helped launch the campaign with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, handing out limited-edition oyster card wallets to Underground users. Sadiq Khan, said: “Art is a hugely powerful way to say that London is open – open for business, open to ideas, and open to the people from across the world who have chosen to live and work here. London’s world-renowned arts and cultural activity is testament to the success of London as an international city. The artworks are part of the #LondonIsOpen campaign. (via Art Lyst)