Gillian Wearing A stunningly intelligent and sensitive lockdown project in which the celebrated video artist set out to paint her self-portrait. • Maureen Paley, London, until 25 October.
Episode 5: Sophie Barber Funny, mysterious images are smattered in squeezes of rich colour. There is a seaside feel to Barber’s paintings, reflecting her life on the Sussex coast. Birds and camping feature, as well as art history guests. • Goldsmiths CCA, London, until 25 October.
Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery Why did ancient Britons throw swords and armour in rivers or bury them? Between 900BC and 800BC, hundreds of weapons were buried in what is now east London. This exhibition digs into the meaning of a sensational find. • Museum of London Docklands until 18 April.
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The American Dream by Grayson Perry. Photograph: Karwai Tang/Getty Images
Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings. Grayson Perry writes about how this map of the US reflects a battle-torn landscape where nuance, compromise and empathy are casualties in the culture war. “I love maps. They have an air of authority, they show us where to go,” writes Perry. “This map toys with the common delusion that there is a clear and certain route out of our mess of feelings.” Read the story.
Italian Woman c.1870, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot Dark deep-set eyes and a private expression turn away from us under a pink headdress. Bright blue and lemon yellow add to the exotic colours caught in a strong light. But this is not an observation of someone on the streets of Naples or Rome. Corot painted it in his studio, long after first visiting Italy, and she is a model he paid to put on Italian clothes from his collection. Perhaps he is trying to recapture a youthful memory, to dress her like a love object seen long ago. That would account for the sharp shadows of melancholy and introspection that cut into this mysterious portrait left to the National Gallery by its previous owner, Lucian Freud. • National Gallery, London
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