Art news / 21 – 27 March

Here's hoping you've all had a wonderful Easter weekend, before the Bank Holiday comes to a close, catch up on the art news you might have missed this week.

1. This week the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition Le Douanier Rousseau: Archaic Candor opened in Paris. Rousseau, who only became a painter in his 40s is explored here in regards to his naiveity, with no formal training it is easy to interpret some of his paintings as containing ‘mistakes’, but curator Beatrice Avanzi shows in this exhibition how these ‘mistakes’ were actually deliberate. The show will include 40 famous works by Rousseau including War (1894) and The Dream (1910 – pictured), which influenced the likes of Max Ernst, and Picasso. (via Wall Street Journal)

2. Tracey Emin is enjoying the success of her first solo exhibition in China, where Irene Bradbury of White Cube Hong Kong told France24, "She's made her mark out here. Collectors become more knowledgeable and attuned to who they like, who they want to follow […] from western galleries, alongside great artists that are developing here." In a press conference over the week in Hong Kong, she announced that she had married an ancient stone in the South of France last year, saying to The Art Newspaper: "It just means that at the moment I am not alone; somewhere on a hill facing the sea, there is a very beautiful ancient stone, and it’s not going anywhere. It will be there, waiting for me." Read more on this story here.

3. The first US exhibition of Degas’ monotypes (of which he made over 300) in 50 years opens this Saturday at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York. A Strange New Beauty puts the spotlight on his experimental monotypes (a print made from a metal or glass plate on which a picture is painted in oil color, printing ink, or the like) as opposed to his infamous impressionist-style paintings we have become so familiar with. The monotypes are pooled with a range of 60 related works across all of Degas's mediums, including pastels, prints, and sketchbook studies. (via Artnet)

4. An anti-Europe group, called ‘Vote Leave’ has angered Sir Antony Gormley by illuminating their slogan over the 54 meter wingspan of the largest statue in the UK, the Angel of the North. Gormley had added a claus when creating the statue that is was not to be lit up or illuminated; and ironically the sculpture was funded with £800,000 from the European Union. His lawyers have written to the group. Read more on this story here.

5. The two most expensive living artists – Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst (in that order) – are teaming up with a new exhibition at Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery. The works on display span 35 years (1979 – 2014) and feature works from some of Koons’ most infamous series, such as Luxury and Degradation and Made in Heaven. The works come from Hirst’s private collection (he doesn’t exhibit his own work at his gallery) and will be running from the 18 May to the 26 October. Read more on this story here.