Exhibition of the week
Chantal Joffe: For Esme – With Love and Squalor
Raw and expressive paintings of Joffe’s daughter Esme reveal a mother’s feelings as her child grows up.
• Arnolfini, Bristol, until 22 November.
Gordon Parks first met Muhammad Ali in 1966. The photographer hit it off with the radical boxer and produced two photo-essays for Life magazine that intimately capture the real man behind Ali’s charismatic image.
• Alison Jacques Gallery, London, until 1 October.
What is our imaginative relationship to the countryside? This show by Annalee Davis, Feral Practice, Deirdre O’Mahony and Pauline Woolley offers contemporary perspectives on land, space and climate.
• Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, until 11 October.
The Glasgow Boys & Girls
Flora Macdonald Reid’s work is a highlight of a show that puts women into the picture of Scottish avant garde art 140 years ago, when Scotland saw some of the most vibrant British attempts to emulate French modernism.
• Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, until 15 November.
Image of the week
Every Knee Shall Bow, 2020, by Tavares Strachan
Marian Goodman Gallery in London is offering the chance to enter the strange and enticing world of Bahamian artist Tavares Strachan, whose thrilling visions are on show in limited time slots until 24 October. With juxtaposed imagery, painting, sculpture and performance, the artist’s installation explores moments of forgotten history.
What we learned
Masterpiece of the week
Portrait of Félix Pissarro, 1881, by Camille Pissarro
There’s a delicacy and vulnerability to this child. Pissarro’s third son turned seven in the year his father portrayed him, but this is no breezy painting of a boy at play. Félix is introspective behind big eyes. His father captures the reality of childhood rather than its myths. It’s a great example of the acute mind of Pissarro, who is often crudely described as an impressionist but in reality was one of the first in the movement to look beyond its obsession with fleeting appearances. In this portrait we may almost see the end of impressionist art, as Pissarro points to inner conflicts and mysteries that a simple joy in the visual cannot capture.
• National Gallery, London
To follow us on Twitter: @GdnArtandDesign.
Sign up to the Art Weekly newsletter
If you don’t already receive our regular roundup of art and design news via email, please sign up here.