Weekly Roundup

Our favourite art world images from the week
 
 
A report by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport found that 47.6 million people visited institutions such as Tate Modern, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum between April 2015 and April 2016, a drop from the record-breaking 50 million who went in the previous 12-month period.
 
 
Gerhard Richter turns 85 this Thursday, and a museum in Cologne, his home city, will use the opportunity to mount an eye-catching celebration: an exhibition bursting with his new paintings, the latest in a series dating back to the 1970s.
 
 
An exhibition opening at Almine Rech Gallery in London this week will recall the 1960s in California, with pieces that capture that special, light-headed sense of luminosity and airiness which has made Venice Beach famous.
 
The first major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Vanessa Bell will open at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. The artist who created the country retreat for the Bloomsbury set is best known for her tangled love life and being Virginia Woolf’s sister.
 
 
 
An exhibition opening today at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will tell the complex story of the rise of Modernism. Work by artists like Degas, Cézanne, Manet and Picasso will go on display there for the first time in the UK. 
 
The custodians of the government art collection are looking for a space in which to present their art. With 14,000 works bought over the course of a century, the collection includes work by John Constable, Lucian Freud, William Turner and Damien Hirst. 
 
Do we really need a physical manifestation of a developer’s guilty conscience? With this statement, Oliver Wainwright sparks a discussion in today’s The Guardian about the need for expensive sculptures in urban developing projects.