A Soldier’s Vision, Astro Masterpieces and Kazakhstan’s Treasures – Art Week | Art
Exhibition of the week
Visceral paintings of a world gone mad by this veteran of the US military.
Almine Rech, London, from January 13 to February 22
Turner in january
JMW Turner’s swirling and luminous landscapes receive their traditional New Years Eve in Edinburgh. Who said there were no fireworks this year?
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until January 31
Paintings and installations that explore the nature of color.
Warwick Arts Center, from January 13 to March 13
Astronomical photographer of the year
Stunning images of the night sky that prove that anyone can create an astrophotography masterpiece.
National Maritime Museum, London, until August 7
Great Steppe Gold
With Kazakhstan currently in crisis, this exhibition unveils its long and rich history as a land of nomads before the Soviet era.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until January 30
Image of the week
It is a painting by the pseudonymous artist Rhed, who has exhibited in London since 2018 and whose work – inspired by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Paula Rego, according to his gallery owner – has sold at five figures. This week, Rhed was revealed to be Rocco Ritchie, the 21-year-old son of Guy Ritchie and Madonna. Read the full story here.
What we have learned
Italy returns Parthenon fragment to Greece amid British ball dispute
Tracey Emin to launch ‘revolutionary’ art school in Margate
Crypto tycoons helped break global art market records in 2021
Tory minister wants law changed after Colston statue knockers in Bristol were cleared by court
Royal Academy to show how Francis Bacon created his own pervert mythology
AR Penck’s “democratic” painting, which made him an enemy of the East German Stasi, will be on display
Eminem would have paid $ 450.00 for an NFT of a bored monkey “Eminape” …
… but Melania Trump sells an NFT portrait of herself for just $ 180,000
Radical group Blk Art rocked Thatcher’s Britain
New York exhibit, Doomscrolling, explores our thirst to hear the worst
New evidence has been discovered that the Nazis used bogus auctions and paperwork to disguise their art theft
Wayne Thiebaud, famous for his paintings of cakes and pies, died at the age of 101 …
Pioneer British photorealist painter John Salt has died at the age of 84 …
and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss are also deceased
Masterpiece of the week
Francisco de Goya: The sleep of reason produces monsters (El sueño de la razon produces monstros) 1797 – 8
Made long before Sigmund Freud or surrealism, this etching plunges into the dark recesses of the mind. If this eighteenth-century Enlightenment man were awake, he would devote himself to his rational endeavor of improvement, as indicated by the book he collapsed into. But his sleeping psyche is populated by sinister creatures of the night who personify bestial passions and ungodly terrors. Goya created this profound image when the French Revolution degenerated into Terror, and with it hopes for liberal reform in his native Spain began to resemble vanishing dreams. Things would soon get worse when Napoleon conquered Spain, bloody resistance ensued and Goya witnessed real monstrosities. Here he shudders at what he feels is about to unfold in the twilight of sanity.
British Museum, London
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