Exhibition of the week
This fine artist of colour celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus in his own idiosyncratic way.
• Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 25 July to 25 August.
Stories for An Uncertain World
New commissions for the Edinburgh art festival include a film by Rosalind Nashashibi, political wallpaper by Nathan Coley and a public intervention by Alfredo Jaar.
• Various venues, Edinburgh, 25 July to 25 August.
Last Supper in Pompeii
This eerie journey to Pompeii on the eve of destruction reveals what people ate and drank in the city’s last hours.
• Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 July to 12 January.
Tapestries in which Perry tells the story of a character named Julie Cope are examined as craft as well as art.
• Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 25 July to 2 November.
Leonardo da Vinci
Don’t miss the most beautiful and profound works of art in Britain, and arguably the world.
• Queen’s Gallery, London, until 13 October.
Masterpiece of the week
A Woman in Bed (detail), circa 1647, by Rembrandt
This painting of a woman pulling back the red curtain of her bed and looking out at – who? The artist? – is not so much an erotic scene as a sensitive study of vulnerability. Rembrandt focuses on the intimacy and mystery of the moment, as she waits for her companion. She is alone even as she greets her visitor. Her nakedness is emotional as well as fleshly. This is an anxious, unnerving depiction of the self as it is exposed to the tender mercies of the night.
• Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.
Image of the week
Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 20 July 1969, by Neil Armstrong
Were the Apollo astronauts the most influential photographers ever? The celebrated “moonrise” picture by Apollo 8’s Bill Anders is credited with kicking off the modern environmental movement. While Neil Armstrong’s 70mm photo of Buzz Aldrin – 50 years old this week – took the imaginations of all humankind, adults and children, to another plane. Read the full story.
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