Exhibition of the week
Visceral paintings of a world gone mad by this US army veteran.
Almine Rech, London, from 13 Jan to 22 February
Turner in January
The swirling, luminous landscapes of JMW Turner get their traditional new year airing in Edinburgh. Who says there are no fireworks this year?
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until 31 January
Paintings and installations that explore the nature of colour.
Warwick Arts Centre, from 13 January to 13 March
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Stunning pictures of the night sky that prove anyone can create a masterpiece of astrophotography.
National Maritime Museum, London, until 7 August
Gold of the Great Steppe
With Kazakhstan currently in crisis, this exhibition uncovers its long and rich history as a land of nomads before the Soviet era.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 30 January
Image of the week
This is a painting by the pseudonymous artist Rhed, who has been exhibiting in London since 2018 and whose work – inspired by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Paula Rego, according to his gallerist – has sold for five-figure sums. 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 learned
Masterpiece of the week
Francisco de Goya: The Sleep of Reason produces Monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos) 1797 – 8
Made long before Sigmund Freud or Surrealism, this etching looks into the dark recesses of the mind. If this man of the 18th-century Enlightenment was awake, he would be going about his rational business of improvement, indicated by the book over which he slumps. But his sleeping psyche is populated by sinister creatures of the night who personify bestial passions and unholy terrors. Goya created this profound image as the French Revolution degenerated into the Terror and, with it, hopes of liberal reform in his native Spain started to look like fading dreams. Things would soon get worse when Napoleon conquered Spain, bloody resistance ensued and Goya witnessed real monstrosities. Here he shudders at what he senses is about to unfold in reason’s twilight.
British Museum, London
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