Ai-Da the robot painter, Iranian epics and a gaze at God – the week in art

Ai-Da: Portrait of the Robot
Enter the uncanny valley with this realistic humanoid robot who can draw “herself”. Is that art? So what is art? Plenty to think about. Read more.
Design Museum, London until 29 팔월

Epic Iran
There’s enough beauty here to fill several exhibitionsbut this trip through 5,000 years of cultural history works because of the sheer quality of the exhibits. An eye-opener. Read our five-star review.
V&ㅏ, 런던, 29 May-12 September

Royal Portraits: From Tudors to Windsors
We seem as fascinated by the monarchy as ever, one way or another. This exhibition reveals how the images of British royals have been shaped since the Renaissance.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 28 May-31 October

Conversations With God
A free exhibition about the 19th-century Polish artist Jan Matejko’s history painting of the revolutionary astronomer Copernicus, this is the first time the National Gallery has ever shown Polish art.
National Gallery, 런던, ~까지 22 팔월

Nero: The Man Behind the Myth
Some wonderful things here, from statues of Nero and other members of the imperial family to Pompeiian frescoes, whatever you think of the exhibition’s thesis that Nero was not the monster history has made of him. Read more.
British Museum, 런던, ~까지 24 십월.

An enormous space rocket could be next up on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth – or a Ghanaian grain silo, a bobbly man, a giant jewellery tree, missionaries in Africa, or a memorial to murdered transgender women. Six shortlisted ideas have been unveiled at London’s National Gallery for the sculpture commission, which rotates normally every 18 개월, and the public can help pick two winners, to be installed in 2022 과 2024.

Google is changing its photo algorithms to better reflect skin tones of colour

Celebrity merchandise is flooding art auctions

while the rush for digital NFTs comes at an environmental cost

Tacita Dean was baffled by the pandemic lockdown

Will London’s vast 22 Bishopsgate office block ever be full?

British mosques have a starring role at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale

Art historian Laurence des Cars is the first female president of the Louvre

Ming Smith was one of the few women in Kamoinge, a collective of black photographers

… while a Beverly church is putting inspiring women up near the rafters

Melbourne’s venerable Flinders Street station is reopening as a gallery space

but the Rising festival it forms part of paused after one day as Melbourne closed down

Female sculptors challenge art world sexism in joint show Breaking the Mould

Beware wolves and bears in Matthew Barney’s intriguing new film

Kenyan artist Michael Armitage is reinventing the European oil-painting tradition

Matador academies, Ukrainian prom night and other adolescent rites of passage have caught the eye of photographer Michal Chelbin

Australia’s Archibald portrait prize is 100 – and still controversial

This year’s finalists were unveiled in Sydney

… and we looked back at some past highlights

The race is on for the best Milky Way portrait

Derby’s new Museum of Making is a temple to manufacturing

Award-winning film-maker Ayo Akingbade is charting London’s changing face

Nero was framed for the burning of Rome

Coal and Georgian terraces were inextricably interlinked, according to a new book on architecture’s environmental impact

Wynn Bullock made the Monterey peninsula look mythic

There’s been a outbreak of public art on the UK’s south-east coast

… while Hastings is full of FILTH (failed in London, try Hastings) with beautiful homes

Scotland needs knitters

Art loves a crowd

Technology is not doing David Hockney many favours

New York’s Spring Valley suburb – photographed by Al J Thompson – is another victim of gentrification

Tony Hall has resigned from the National Gallery following the fallout from the Martin Bashir row

Jen Orpin has painted the motorway journey she took to visit her dying father

Heather Phillipson worships the UK weather forecast

Amish girls like to paddle at the beach

‘Memento mori’ applies to animals too

Paul Graham returned us to Thatcher’s Britain

Eric Carle, writer-illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died

The late Mary Beth Edelson was a key figure in feminist art

We also remembered Brazilian architect Paolo Mendes da Rocha

avant garde emissary Mark Lancaster

… and landscape painter Leslie Marr

The Abbé Scaglia adoring the Virgin and Child, 1634-35, by Anthony van Dyck
Two centuries of Flemish art lie behind this emotional encounter between a man and the mother of God. Van Dyck portrayed his patron Scaglia for a church in Antwerp, putting his fretful and careworn praying presence in a direct and intimate reciprocal relationship with Mary and Jesus. It’s a move that epitomises the passionate, unbuttoned baroque style that flourished in 17th-century Catholic Europe. Yet it is also a nod to Van Dyck’s local Flemish forerunners; 200 years earlier, Jan van Eyck was painting wealthy people in similar close encounters with the Virgin, including in his great Madonna of Chancellor Rolin in the Louvre. Van Dyck updates the genre with a waft of Baroque silks and a breath of sky.
National Gallery, 런던

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