Exhibition of the week
One of the great abstract expressionist painters finally gets her due. Krasner gave a lot of herself to her difficult husband, Jackson Pollock, but here she shines alone.
• Barbican Art Gallery, London, 30 May-1 September.
A former Shoreditch gallery that has moved to Margate as part of the seaside town’s artistic renewal opens with Childish’s painterly punk introspection.
• Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate, 26 May-25 August.
Masterpiece of the week
Portrait of George Gage With Two Attendants, by Anthony van Dyck (probably 1622-23)
An English aesthete is haggling over a piece of ancient sculpture in this snapshot of the art world of 17th-century Rome. In the early 1600s, the court and aristocracy of Stuart Britain became increasingly enamoured of art. Courtiers like the Earl of Arundel purchased European art treasures by the cartload, laying the foundations of today’s great collections of continental treasures on these islands. Gage served as an agent for collectors back home. Van Dyck, who would later be “collected” by the British himself when he became a court artist to Charles I, stresses the nonchalant pose with which Gage confidently negotiates a good price. The painting brilliantly advertises his skills in what may be the first portrait of a British art dealer. You can still meet his type in London’s commercial galleries and auction houses.
• National Gallery, London.
Image of the week
Untitled, 1971, by Luchita Hurtado
The indomitable Venuzuela-born artist Luchita Hurtado is having her first solo show in a public gallery, at the age of 98. She seems to have known the majority of the past century’s major artists, from Duchamp to Chagall to Rothko to the Guerrilla Girls. Her work is colourful and vibrant; and in self-portraits, such as the one above, her face is unseen, and we view the scene as if from her eyes. London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery show tells her story. Read the full review.
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