Exhibition of the week
The consummately stylish and atmospheric painter shows his latest Arcadian scenes.
• Michael Werner Gallery, London, 6 September to 16 November.
A grotesque animatronic bird pits technology against God in this gothic installation.
• Ushaw College, County Durham, until 3 November.
Jerwood Staging Series
Seán Elder, Onyeka Igwe, Rebecca Moss and AJ Stockwell get a platform for their work in this season that supports new art in film, performance, text and curating.
• Jerwood Arts, London, 4 to 15 September.
This American sculptor of everyday stuff gives a masterclass in transformation.
• The New Art Gallery, Walsall, until 22September.
Masterpiece of the week
The Balbi Children, circa 1625-7, by Anthony van Dyck
Portraiture of children was in its infancy when Van Dyck painted this vibrant image of three upper crust Italian kids. He gives them the dignity of their station and then some, posing the extremely well-dressed youngsters on a staircase in front of a classical colonnade. They are traditionally identified as members of the Balbi family of Genoa, where Van Dyck cut his teeth as a high society portraitist before becoming court artist to Charles I in England. The way this picture combines intimate realism and opulent grandeur, invents a new aristocratic style of nonchalant power.
• National Gallery, London.
Image of the week
The National Trust has revealed details of one of the most unusual and ambitious art restoration projects it has carried out – to reinstate the petticoated lower legs to paintings of two well connected ladies of Queen Anne’s court, 200 years after one of their owners ordered them to be cut off. Conservator Jim Dimond, who specialises in unusually damaged artworks, said it was baffling that the paintings had been cut into separate pieces before being lined and wrapped around the back. Read the story.
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