Exhibition of the week
Your own brain creates the colors and shapes you see in this mind-blowing art experience that everyone experiences differently. Relax and accept the sublime.
Murrayfield Ice Rink, Edinburgh International Festival, until September 25
Nothing is guaranteed
An introduction to the “bosno-futurist” art of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, until September 25
Arabella Ross and Carrie Stanley
Two painters who dive into semi-abstract color and spontaneity.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, until January 29
There is still time to be shocked and impressed by this radical and strange pioneer of modern art.
Tate Britain, London, until September 18
An investigation into how the treatment and knowledge of the dreaded disease has changed and is evolving.
Science Museum, London, until January
Picture of the week
Windrush’s legacy is not just a London story. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the West Indian community of Leeds has chosen to mark its contribution to the culture of the city with a series of arts and cultural events as part of the Out of Many festival. Opening the Rebellion to Romance exhibition, curator Susan Pitter celebrates the 1970s and 80s, bringing together family portraits and ephemera from that era to show “that every time we keep something – a ticket to a show , a poster, whatever – it helps us tell a story. And no one else can tell our story like we can. Read the full story here.
What we learned
Architects are leading a global movement towards “creative reuse”
Jean-Jacques Sempé, the French cartoonist behind Le Petit Nicolas and many New Yorker covers, has died aged 89
Veteran Americana photographer Henry Horenstein drew inspiration from a surprising source
Annual iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced
Johnny Depp is preparing a film on the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani
Marble Arch Mound architects moved to Albania
Director Robert Wilson exhibits his “filmed portraits” of Hollywood stars and porcupines
Trevor Mathison makes music in a London art gallery
Robert Parks photographed the oil workers who fueled America
Life on Mars will be golden
masterpiece of the week
Christen Købke: The North Drawbridge of the Copenhagen Citadel (1837)
The clear, cold pink sky gives what at first glance seems a carefully realistic scene a dreamlike power. It’s as if Købke saw this place perfectly in his mind but with an electrifying and mind-blowing addition of fantastic light. In fact, Købke represents his childhood home in a part of Copenhagen that used to be a fortress. For him, this drawbridge and these buildings are deeply familiar and meaningful. Like John Constable, who painted his “childhood scenes” all his life, this Danish artist plunges back into his past to create a curiously intense landscape. His observation slips into abstract color effects as the bright red of the bridge framework doubles the strength of the pinkish sky while reacting with the green foliage. It is not the outer nature but the inner fire, a jewel of romanticism.
National Gallery, London
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