– the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Peter Doig
The consummately stylish and atmospheric painter shows his latest Arcadian scenes.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, 6 September to 16 November.

Also showing

Mat Collishaw
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.

Kathleen Ryan
This American sculptor of everyday stuff gives a masterclass in transformation.
The New Art Gallery, Walsall, until 22September.

John Hoyland
Splashy abstract canvases by a painter some see as the British answer to Jackson Pollock (dream on).
Tate Britain, London, until 31 October.

Masterpiece of the week


Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

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

Paintings of two ladies of Queen Anne’s court are being returned to full length by the National Trust.

Photograph: Rah Petherbridge/National Trust

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.

What we learned

New York’s biggest ever mural stretches over 15 storeys

Cézanne’s drawings at the Whitworth gallery have electrifying power

William Greengrass wanted to create art for the common folk

William Blake imprisoned the soul of a murderer

Shaun Ryder is getting more photogenic

The graphic novel can be an outlet for female body shame

Beach culture has become globalised

AfriCOBRA’s Nelson Stevens didn’t sleep in the 1960s

Red phone kiosks are an endangered species

Two Viennese refugees tried to create a universal pictorial language

The National Trust is giving baroque paintings their legs back

Fascism architecturally disfigured the face of Spain

Pottery has become a refuge from our hyperconnected times

Street photography can cure social anxiety

How Australian artist Peter Solness gets closer to his subject with “light painting”

Why Turner prize winner Simon Starling cut a Fiat 125 in two

Essex has a history of dissident architecture

A Madagascan marvel won the Mono black and white photography awards

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