Slick and fashionable abstract artwork that captures the soul of our time – or loss of one.
• White Cube Bermondsey, London, till 30 June
A survey of the remarkable and witty virtual artist whose materials range from antique computer games to cat videos.
• Firstsite, Colchester, until 7 July
Prints by using this modern German artist whose picture eye is prompted by means of his collection of Renaissance woodcuts.
• Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 16 May-22 June
Ancient Textiles from the Andes
Precious masterpieces that capture lifestyles in South America earlier than the Spanish conquests.
• Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, until 15 September
A masterpiece of the week
Perseus turning Phineas and his Followers to Stone by means of Luca Giordano (c 1680)
The tale of Perseus and Medusa has inspired some of Europe’s maximum remarkable mythological artwork. In this ancient Greek legend, the hero Perseus has to kill the snake-headed Medusa, a Gorgon whose very glance can flip you to stone. Benvenuto Cellini created a darkly sensual statue of Perseus retaining Medusa’s severed head, Caravaggio painted the bloody reptilian head frozen by using its personal reflection – so by the time Luca Giordano was given around to the situation a whole lot later, inside the 1680s, he needed to upload a brand new twist. He indicates Perseus the use of the pinnacle of Medusa to kill his enemies, keeping his personal eyes avoided as he exposes its deadly stare. Their bodies change from living flesh to useless stone earlier than our eyes. This massive, luxuriant painting of a dinner party long gone wrong is designed to grasp in a luxurious palace. Imagine seeing this at the same time as you sip your wine at a celebration. It warns of unexpected demise in the midst of lots.
Barca Nostra through Christoph Büchel
The wreck of a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015, killing at the least seven hundred migrants stuffed aboard, is transported into Venice for its art Biennale. The spoil will form part of a set up via Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.
What we found out
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We were given a sneak height of Cathy Wilkes’s British pavilion at Venice Biennale
… and spoke to Turner-winner Charlotte Prodger, who is representing Scotland
… and sculptor Eva Rothschild, representing Ireland
Ghana’s pavilion will shake up the ‘sea of whiteness’
… and beyond artists told us approximately their Venice memories
Tony Costa has received the 2019 Archibald prize for portraiture
Poland was given in a stew over a rainbow Virgin
Co-housing has come to stay in Marmalade Lane
We peered within the mind of illustrator Jan Pieńkowski
Tamara Dean won the Moran modern photographic prize
A (v famous) artist thanked a critic for his review
The Beggarstaffs had been masters of graphic art
Cycle-mad Belgium has an artwork trail you can observe on wheels
Tech bosses have become figures of fantasy
Sydney is an artwork deco treasure trove
Augusta Savage changed into a trailblazer of African American arts
Esther Teichmann creates a surreal seaweed world
Bob Colacello mingled with celebrities
We saw a tube driving force’s view of the East End
Tate plans to surprise Britain with Aubrey Beardsley’s erotica
We remembered the artist Graham Arnold
… and design instructor Geoffrey White