Poetic paintings, Nazi darlings and a cloud-surfing photographer – the week in art

Helen Frankenthaler
This poetic and dreamlike abstract expressionist painter belongs in the company of Pollock and Rothko as a modern great.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Londra, a partire dal 15 settembre.

Marina Abramović
A cinematic and sculptural homage to the performance artist’s hero Maria Callas.
Lisson Gallery, Londra, 14 September to 30 ottobre.

Gerhard Richter
Drawings by one of the most brilliant and radical artists alive.
Hayward Gallery, Londra, 9 September to 12 dicembre.

Liza Lou
A selection of works that capture 30 years of experimentation by Los Angeles-based Lou.
Lehmann Maupin, Londra, 15 September to 6 ottobre.

Sax Impey
Stormy paintings of the vastness of the sea that surrounds St Ives.
Anima Mundi, St Ives, 11 September to 23 ottobre.

Going Home by Benji Reid
This image is from Reid’s first solo exhibition, Laugh at Gravity, part of Photo London 2021. Reid considers himself a Choreo-Photolist, a term he coined to encapsulate his practice where theatricality, choreography and photography meet in the image. In the hyperrealities he presents, the subject is liberated by acts of the artist’s imagination.

A new documentary investigates the notorious ‘lost Leonardo’

and our film critic gave it the thumbs-up

Flamingos, ice caps and a dazzling field of chillis featured in a stunning Drone Photo awards shortlist

The Nazis’ favourite artists are on show in Germany

Pre-Raphaelite muse Elizabeth Siddal is the inspiration for a new play

Fetish-wear, monks and Saddam Husseum feature in an overwhelming new survey of contemporary painting at the Hayward

A touring public art installation pays tribute to NHS staff and key workers

The São Paulo Biennial features work by musical pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry

Yoko Ono wants us to mend the world, one broken teacup at a time

A rare Hogarth portrait is coming back to London after 100 years …

… while a new book celebrates the architecture and cultural history of the city’s pubs

There is an expensive and strange new addition to Berlin’s museums

Turner prize-winner Helen Marten has a breathtaking new show in London

The Photo London festival is back, with work from 88 galleries from 15 Paesi

including unseen pictures of the Sex Pistols

plus US photographer Michael Grecco’s shots of the rest of the punk movement

it named Marguerite Bornhauser the winner of its Emerging Photographer award

and gave Shirin Neshat the title of Photo London Master of Photography for her portraits of the population of New Mexico

while there is also a show dedicated to work from and about the original Mexico

Melanie Issaka has revived the lost art of the photogram

Marina Abramović and Tracey Emin feature in a new photobook about inspiring women

while Tom Shaw has been photographing the black players who have represented England at cricket

An exhibition of contemporary indigenous Australian photography is opening in Queensland

Gulnara Samoilova has told the story behind her famous photographs of 9/11

J-H Fragonard: Psyche Showing Her Sisters Her Gifts from Cupid (1753)
Classical mythology and history have been revived again and again in art, from the Renaissance to erudite abstract painter Cy Twombly. In the second half of the 18th-century, neoclassicism, partly inspired by the excavation of Pompeii, took a more serious and archaeological approach. But Fragonard couldn’t care less. Per lui, the tale of Cupid and Psyche is just an excuse to paint frills and flesh. This decadent artist of the ancien regime delights in silky layers of colour. As you look at this picture for a while its narrative details seem to melt. All that is left is a heady perfume of amorous languor.
National Gallery, Londra.

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