Good vibes in the physics lab and an outbreak of emojis – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Feel the good vibrations of the electromagnetic field in the art of Takis, whose scientific sculptures probe the realities uncovered by modern physics.
Tate Modern, London, 3 July–27 October

Also showing

Manchester International festival
Yoko Ono kicks off this year’s celebrations on 4 July with Bells For Peace – gathering a people’s orchestra of bell ringers in the city’s Cathedral Gardens to send a message to the world. Other art highlights include Tania Bruguera’s School of Integration, Ibrahim Mahama’s Parliament of Ghosts and a trip to the moon with Laurie Anderson.
Manchester International festival, various venues, 4-21 July

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage
Thought Picasso invented collage? Think again in this exhibition that surveys a radical art form from the 17th century to punk and beyond.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), Edinburgh, 29 June–27 October

Visionary … La Visite (1899) by Félix Vallotton.

Visionary … La Visite (1899) by Félix Vallotton. Photograph: Kunsthaus Zürich/Royal Academy of Arts

Félix Vallotton
The eerily beautiful prints and paintings of a fin-de-siècle visionary.
Royal Academy, London, 30 June–9 September

AR Penck
The sci-fi cybernetic musings of this German postwar artist flow freely across media, mixing the futuristic and primeval.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until 3 November

Wong Ping
Pop-art animation saturated with emoji and game imagery from the first recipient of Camden Arts Centre’s emerging artist prize.
Camden Arts Centre, London, 5 July – 15 September

Masterpiece of the week

Susanna at her Bath (1850) by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)

Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Susanna at her Bath, 1850, by Francesco Hayez
The Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders has inspired some weird and wonderful art. Its theme of creepy voyeurism, with two old men spying on a young woman as she bathes, has both licensed nudity and allowed painters to express ambivalence about it.

The baroque feminist painter Artemisia Gentileschi identified with Susanna, while some men, including Tintoretto and Rembrandt, also side with Susanna against her sleazy persecutors. This painting puts the onlooker in the position of an elder, apparently using the theme as a blatant excuse for an exhibition of naked flesh. But is it as simple as that? Susanna knows you are looking. She looks back, darkly.

Hayez was a star in Milan when Gustave Courbet was pioneering realism in Paris. This painting has a modern, provocative matter-of-factness that makes it the Italian version of Manet’s Olympia.
National Gallery, London

Image of the week

Yorkshire Sculpture International festival. A six metre-tall Damien Hirst painted bronze sculpture, Hymn (1999–2005), stands in Leeds city centre

Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Hymn by Damien Hirst, Leeds city centre
Yorkshire launched a new art festival, Yorkshire Sculpture International, which features a six-metre-high sculpture by the Leeds-raised YBA Damien Hirst. The festival is a joint initiative between Wakefield’s Hepworth gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.

What we learned

Penny Slinger’s surreal works of feminism are reappraised in a new documentary

London’s hotel scene is rising to LA’s Standard

Cindy Sherman is a shapeshifting enigma

Linda McCartney’s photographs are going on show at Kelvingrove, and her husband Paul revealed his favourites

Ernie Barnes was an American football player who turned to art

Patrick Staff spins a tale about the exhausting quest for gender freedom

Julie Gough illuminates colonial violence against Indigenous Australians in Tasmania

The woman behind a lost Velázquez was unveiled

The story behind one of Basquiat’s most personal paintings is retold at New York’s Guggenheim

LensCulture is scouring the streets for new stars of photography

Indonesia’s artists have a world of contrasts to navigate

… while one Australian company sold Indonesian-made art as Aboriginal

Japan’s “female writing” is making a comeback

Women photographers added spice to Life

The Dutch are graphic about their love of bicycles

Brazil’s queer artists are fighting back against censure

British artists gave lino a cutting edge

The internet is failing to outsell the auction houses

… while fake ads are doing a roaring trade in Berlin

Jeremy Deller, Olafur Eliasson and Helen Cammock took on a Guardian climate crisis commission

The Earth Photo awards shortlist was announced

Chinese wedding photography is big business

Wild Daughter is having a wicked night in at the ICA

Terry Newman tried to pin down artists’ fashion sense

Glastonbury clubbers have a new sculpture to rave about

We took another look at Francesca Woodman’s signature work

Susanna Bauer has the intricate art of crocheting with leaves all sewn up

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