Exhibition of the week
Surreal, elusive shapes by a Slovak sculptor who defied Communist rule.
Tate Trendy, London, 20 September to 16 April
Mesmerising medieval manuscript in a present that juxtaposes it with modern artwork.
Laing Gallery, Newcastle, 17 September to three December
The gifted Gauguinesque painter reveals new works, plus ceramic sculptures by Seyni Awa Camara.
White Dice Bermondsey, London, 21 September to 30 October
Work by the husband of the late Paula Rego, who predeceased her in 1988.
Timothy Taylor, London, 22 September to five November
Optimistic, utopian artwork and design that reimagines town.
Design Museum, London, till 25 June 2023
Picture of the week
Now in his 80s, Georg Baselitz has misplaced not one of the fiery spirit that earned him the “degenerate” artist label. The arch provocateur talks about his eye-opening artwork, chronicling his previous age and his true emotions about feminine painters. Learn our full interview right here.
What we realized
Masterpiece of the week
Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo: Queen Mariana of Spain in Mourning, 1666
The widow of King Philip IV of Spain seems to be at you with disconcerting intimacy on this research of royal grief. But it surely’s not solely disappointment weighing her down. The official doc in her hand is an indication that she has work to do, for Queen Mariana dominated as regent when this was painted. Spanish royal portraiture had just lately been taken to unprecedented heights by Velázquez, who served Philip IV and died in 1660. This portray echoes his sensible sense of actuality: it even alludes to his masterpiece Las Meninas with its deep view of the inside of the royal palace. It creates a slice of life, a second we settle for is unfeigned and unstaged – the Queen revealing her feelings, right here within the shadows the place solely her canine consoles her.
Nationwide Gallery, London
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