Subverted Warhol and the world’s largest painting – the week in art | Art and design
Exhibition of the week
Leading commercial galleries offer their samples from influential contemporary artists, from Victoria Miro’s immersion in the work of British conceptualist Stephen Willats to Helly Nahmad’s presentation of Antoni Tapies. All the fun of the fair without leaving your home.
• • Art Basel online until March 27th.
Last chance to virtually visit the captivating exhibition of the National Gallery with Titian’s mythological canvases.
• • National Gallery online until March 31.
Dark thoughts: Thomas Carlyle on the race
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery explores the racist beliefs of this famous Victorian historical thinker who was one of the founding figures and who was powerfully photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron.
• • Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh online.
This provocative selection of works on democracy, including Richard Hamilton’s Northern Irish history picture The State and Bob and Roberta Smith’s All Schools Should Be Art Schools, can be enjoyed online until the show opens at Tate Liverpool in May.
• • Tate Liverpool online.
Royals and rebels
The V&A has the best collection of Indian art outside of India. This conversation about the history of the Sikh Empire highlights one aspect of the cultural complexity it reflects.
• • V&A, London, online until March 29th.
Picture of the week
Sacha Jafri is on his record-breaking painting The Journey of Humanity in the Atlantis The Palm Hotel in Dubai. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace / AFP / Getty Images
This work by British artist Sacha Jafri, made up of the world’s largest painting on canvas, sold for $ 62 million (GBP 45 million) at auction in Dubai. The Journey of Mankind is divided into 70 framed sections with an area of 1,595.76 square meters – the equivalent of almost four basketball courts. Organizers said the price was double the targeted amount and the money went to charities that help children. Read more here.
What we learned
Ai Weiwei joined artists reflecting on Covid culture for over a year
We have to look behind the scenes at the V&A
A house on Mars is the newest digital piece of art to make a fortune
Gerhard Richter donated his Holocaust art to Berlin
German plans to bring Benin bronzes back to Nigeria are putting pressure on British institutions …
… With the announcement by the University of Aberdeen that it would return a looted bronze
Tasmania’s Dark Mofo Festival has canceled a planned artwork made from native blood …
… Induce a wave of artists to call for changes in the Parents Museum Mona
Chinese architects are building a rural revolution
One of the most stolen works of art of all time was equipped with a 30 million euro glass showcase
Ja Rule sold an NFT Fyre Festival artwork for $ 122,000 – and threw in an actual painting as well
Photographer Charlie Phillips is finally due
JRR Tolkien’s illustrations appear for the first time in The Lord of the Rings
Female street photographers around the world showed their inspiration …
… As young mothers, they put their hopes in the American dream
A new photo archive celebrates the history of queer black Britain …
… And Qatar’s Tasweer Photo Festival welcomes the New Black Vanguard
Thomas Demand made a cannabis laboratory out of cardboard
V & A East’s Gus Casely-Hayford draws museums into the 21st century
The 24 photo project has reached its 18th year
The British National Gallery sends Monet to Southampton
Molly Goddard turns the volume up in fashion
A new film shows Alvar Aalto a darker side
The Great British Art Tour revealed an inspiration for suffragettes, tarnished hopes, gypsy culture, the dignity of Paul Robeson and riots on the streets of South Wales
Van Gogh’s art paid for his sister’s care
Downing Street’s Media Makeover was a blue day for design
The photographer Claudia Andujar captured the threatened Yanomami in Brazil …
… While Joel Meyerowitz ‘wild flowers enchanted
We remembered designer Zeev Aram
… And the Byzantine scholar Cyril Mango
Masterpiece of the week
Photo: Heritage Images / Getty Images
Master of Saint Veronica, Veronica with the Sudarium, around 1420
This German medieval painting depicts one of the scariest and weirdest Christian art traditions. Saint Veronica holds up the cloth that she is said to have offered Christ so that he can wipe his sweaty face while he carries his cross to Golgotha. When he returned her handkerchief, an image of his face was engraved on it. A relic called the Sudarium is preserved in the Vatican. Much more famous in modern times is the Turin Shroud, which is said to show a complete picture of Christ’s face and body, revived by photographic negatives in the 20th century. So try to see this painting as if it were the shroud: a ghostly “evidence” of both the historicity and the supernatural nature of Christ. This sleek, front-facing, bearded image of Jesus was imitated by Renaissance artists believing it was miraculously correct. Even Leonardo da Vinci created his own version of it in Salvator Mundi.
• • National Gallery online.
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