in The Black Fantastic
Insights into technology, history, and mythology in this show are inspired by Afrofuturism, with Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Hugh Locke, and more.
Hayward Gallery, London, June 29 to September 18.
Mysterious and moving paintings of modern Britain by a true artist brutally yet poetically sublime.
Fund, Plymouth, until 4 September.
Free offer from the Artist Rooms collection of clever and fun sculptors of everyday objects.
Tate Modern, London, until July 23.
This connoisseur of found color gets a retrospective of his sublime and gritty installations that celebrate our cities.
Compton Ferney, Warwickshire, until 2 October.
back to earth
Brian Eno, Karrabing Film Collective, Carolina Caycedo and “smell researcher” Cecil Tolas are among the exhibitors on this exhibit on the climate emergency.
Serpentine North Gallery, London, until 18 September.
picture of the week
Windrush National Monument by Basil Watson
A touching memorial to the Windrush generation has been unveiled at Waterloo Station, south London. The statue by Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson is the culmination of a long campaign to honor the contribution of several thousand Caribbean immigrants to British society, helping to rebuild the United Kingdom after World War II. Another statue of Thomas J. Price was unveiled last week in Hackney, north London.
what we learned
Documenta 15 opens in Kassel, Germany, to celebrate art groups with skaters and a Bengali bazaar
Enter the new Africa Center in London Zing in a once-dull building
David Bowie inspired sculptor Benny Goring
Benin photographer El Rashidi Besero captured a seismic period in his country’s history
Nathan Cooley put up a giant banner that can be seen by refugees at sea
Plans to remodel the pavilion of the National Sainsbury’s Gallery in London threaten its eccentric splendor
New movie tells the story of the artist Eric Ravelius
Megan Cobb creates art out of disaster
How Tsang Tsou-choi, the wall-clad king of Kowloon, went from local crank to cult hero
Alison Wilding, Curator of the Royal Academy, talks to us through her summer exhibition focused on climate
Masterpiece of the week
Major Oak, Sherwood Forest (1882) by Andrew McCallum
There are shades of German Romanticism in this attractive Victorian painting. The huge oak tree with its bare branches and twigs like the fingers of witches standing mightily against the empty sky is associated with the legends of Robin Hood in the Sherwood Forest. But beyond this British folklore allure, McCallum imported the frigid and frightening appearance of Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings of similar fearsome German trees. The result is a frightening vision of the forest.
Nottingham museums and galleries
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