Exhibition of the week
An overdue fresh look at this modernist pioneer who helped invent both Dada’s punk ethos and abstract art’s spiritual calm.
Tate Modern, London, 15 July-17 October.
British Art Show 9
Michael Armitage’s paintings of surreal nature, Tai Shani’s Dracula and a talking dog are among the highlights in this survey of the state of British art.
Aberdeen Art Gallery, 10 July-10 October, then touring.
Horace Walpole’s Goldfish Bowl
A small but fascinating exhibition about the Chinese porcelain bowl in which an 18th-century cat drowned, inspiring a poem by Thomas Gray and beautiful illustrations by William Blake.
Strawberry Hill House, London, until 30 September.
Ai Weiwei, Richard Long, Ryan Gander and more show their art in a field for summer – all very folkloric and hippy, except it’s all on sale.
Albion Fields, Oxfordshire, inaugural exhibition until 25 September.
Like a cross between Rodin and the Chapmans, this ceramic sculptor creates orgies and horrors in porcelain.
White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, until 4 September.
Image of the week
Jasper Goodall captures the deep, dark loveliness of Britain’s woods and moors at night. The nocturnal landscapes in his exhibition Twilight’s Path, at London’s MMX Gallery, evoke the feeling of reconnection many Britons have experienced as they explored lonely and forgotten places during months of pandemic isolation.
What we learned
Masterpiece of the week
Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry, 1812, by Henry Raeburn
This is a beautiful illustration of how modern nationalism was born in the Romantic age. Raeburn was Scotland’s greatest Romantic painter, a visionary of glen and loch who turned his portraits into symbolically and emotionally charged images of states of mind. Here he wallows in nostalgia and Highland tradition in a tartan-themed picture of a military man and landowner who was a friend of the historical writer Sir Walter Scott. The archaic clan weapons on the wall connect modern military skills with ancestral prowess and proud national myth. Raeburn is doing in paint what Scott did in his novels and giving Scotland new pride in its past.
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
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