Tokyo: Art and Photography
Exciting and eye-opening survey of one of the world’s great art cities, from 17th-century paintings of courtesans and samurai to a stuffed specimen of today’s urban super-rats.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 29 July to 3 Januarie.
Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour
A new 10-screen video portrait of the 19th-century justice campaigner and former slave Frederick Douglass.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 29 July to 10 Oktober.
Hetain Patel: Trinity
A cinematic installation that strives for the spectacular, including its own gift shop merchandise.
John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 3 August to 30 Oktober.
Sean Lynch: Tak’ Tent O’ Time Ere Time Be Tint
Artwork that contributes to current debates around statues by excavating monumental stories.
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 29 July to 29 Augustus
Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors
Surreal fluffy objects that bring an uncanny mood to this seaside museum.
Tate St Ives, tot 26 September
Sydney photographer Joel Brian Pratley’s image of a lone farmer immersed in a dust storm in drought-stricken Australia has won the 2021 National Photographic Portrait prize. Titled Drought Story, the image shows David Kalisch captured amid a sudden dust storm on his 1,000-acre farm in Forbes, Nieu-Suid-Wallis. Pratley said his subject’s stance reflected the resilience of a man pushed to the limits by an unforgiving climate: “David’s composure during the storm was surreal, because he is just so used to it. Vir my, it was like being on Mars.”
See all the finalists’ work here.
Britons still on furlough are most likely to be arts and creative workers
Surrealism, Cornelia Parker and Cézanne are highlights in 2022’s Tate season
Homeless artist Richard Hutchins became an Oprah-endorsed sensation
Oscar Murillo’s bad-boy fantasies have been undone by sensible teens
The National Gallery of Australia will return artworks worth a combined £1.5m to India …
… while it’s warned the country’s Covid-hit arts sector won’t survive without government help
UK cuts to university arts funding are to gag criticism, says Turner prize winner Helen Cammock
Tony McGrath was an outstanding photographer and the Observer’s picture editor …
… whose reportage covered wars, famine and the icons of his age
Artist Colin Painter dedicated his career to encouraging participation in the visual arts
Found cassette tapes tapes shone fresh light on Dennis Severs and his unusual London museum
The secrets of Seville cathedral’s doors reveal a wealth of historic detail
The defaced George Floyd statue moved to Manhattan
Liverpool’s Three Graces must be blushing with shame, said the Observer’s architecture critic
Retro Africa: Do This in Memory of Us celebrates contemporary African art in New York
Oxford’s Ashmolean showed that Tokyo ‘invented modern art’
The creators of adult comic Viz revealed how they trumped the zeitgeist
A new exhibition showcased three Cameroonian photographers from the ‘golden age’ of studio portraiture in west Africa
Asher Milgate explored Indigenous Australian identity in his vivid landscape photography
Previously unseen shots of Amy Winehouse went on show in London
Departures at a Barcelona museum provoked anger in the art world
Osman Yousefzada dressed Birmingham with an ‘infinity pattern’ …
… while other artists had the cheek to celebrate the human bottom
Henry the vacuum cleaner became an accidental design icon
The World Architecture festival award announced its 2021 shortlist
The Wellcome photography prize focused on mental health, infectious diseases and global heating …
… while the annual iPhone photography awards offered glimpses of beauty and hope
A controversial £100m Holocaust memorial has been greenlit in Westminster …
… but visitors to the ‘Marble Arch mound’ in London have been offered refunds …
… because it is underwhelming in person …
… and was arguably a bad idea from the start
The photographic selfie dates back to the 1830s
Terry Aston described becoming a life model
Renee Osubu produced a photo essay on black fatherhood …
… photographer Charlie Phillips documented black lives in London in the 1960s and 70s …
… and John Ferguson has documented people from Suffolk’s African-Caribbean community
Magnum’s Chris Steele-Perkins trained his lens on Northern Ireland during the Troubles
Luis Antonio Rojas’s best shot captured the tragedy of the Mexican drug trade …
Homage to a Poet by follower of Giorgione (early 1500s)
The Renaissance artist Giorgione was good-looking, seductive and not only a brilliant painter but a talented lutenist and ardent lover – so the story goes. But he died young from plague and since the heyday of his fame, one after another of his masterpieces have been reattributed. Could this be a real Giorgione? It has his interest in poetry, which is also to be seen in his famous, unquestioned work Laura, in which a woman poses bare-breasted among laurel leaves, the symbol of poetry. It also has the mystery of his painting The Tempest, which is just as hard to decode. But the style is a bit hard and dry for him. So maybe it was a friend, pupil or imitator who put together this strange group of characters in a meadow, surrounded by animals. The lute player could even be the doomed Giorgione himself. This may be an allegory of his genius by someone who hero-worshipped him.
National Gallery, Londen
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