German Punks, Impressionist Love Affair in Scotland and Pickle on the Ceiling – Art Week | art and design

week fair

A Taste of Impressionism: French Modern Art from Millet to Matisse
Among the highlights of this survey of Scotland’s love affair with Impressionism and its legacy is a newfound Van Gogh, along with Monets and Matisses gore.
Scottish National Gallery, EdinburghFrom July 30 to November 13

also show

Ishiyoshi Miyako
This haunting photographer focuses her lens on the things we leave behind.
Steeles Centre, Edinburghuntil October 8th

Young and impulsive?Art in 1980s Germany: Punk, Painting, and Prints
The neo-expressionist scene in 1980s Germany in all its rioting intensity, including Elvira Bach, Ina Parvus and Georg Basilitz.
Ashmolean Museum, OxfordFrom July 30 to November 20

Suitable homes for people: Tessa Lynch
Publications that explore alternative models of housing and cooperative play.
Edinburgh Printmakersuntil September 18

George Shaw: The local
This painter immerses you in his melancholy vision of modern Britain.
Fund, PlymouthUntil 4th September

picture of the week

Kabeze: Children.
Kabeze: Children. Photo: Ferdinando Siana / Magnum Photos Paris

Magnum Italian photographer Ferdinando Siana has come to the end of his glorious six-decade career, but in a deeply entertaining and insightful interview he gave us, he claims to believe that only a tiny percentage of the images he took—including this shadow picture playing in his native Sicily— it was good. Read the full interview here

what we learned

Italian Magnum photographer Ferdinando Siana has reached the end of a glorious career

Damien Hirst plans to burn more than 5,000 of his paintings

Australian artist demands NZ$10,000 (£5,200) for McDonald’s pickles hanging on gallery ceiling

Avant-garde feminist photography is being shown in France

A secret art society in Kherson produces harrowing visions of life under Russian occupation

Rome in Artemisia Gentileschi is now in an exciting virtual reality

Nina Katchadourian recreates the staggering ordeal of a Scottish family fleeing in a canoe in the Pacific Ocean for 38 days

King Kong returns to Birmingham ahead of the Commonwealth Games

The stunning work of Nyaparu ‘William’ Gardiner captures the vendors and landscapes of his hometown of Pilbara in Western Australia

Climate activists have attached themselves to Botticelli’s Primavera

Arthur Lanyon’s new work sees the painter take stock of life’s major events – the death of his father and the birth of his son

The site of the Roman fortress on Hadrian’s Wall was reconstructed in the wilderness to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of its foundation

Victoria and Albert honored Best Illustration Work of the Year

Masterpiece of the week

Christ Crowned with Thorns, Workshop of Dirk Potts c.  1470 - 75
Photo: © The National Gallery, London

Christ crowned with thorns, monastery workshopas bouts c. 1470 – 75
Crystal balls of salt water hang over the face of Jesus. The horrific truth of his tears is just one of the ways this painting depicts to hurt you in the most painful and compassionate direct encounters you can create with the suffering of the incarnate Son of God. His eyes were bloodshot from sadness and suffering, their redness reflecting the dark blood flowing on his forehead as he cut a crown of thorns on him. Flemish painters discovered a glimpse of reality in the late Middle Ages which allowed them to create work like this where materialistic details accumulate to a frightening extent. Potts, whose apprentices or assistants most likely painted this in his style, takes this wonderfully and disturbingly realistic cocktail into his masterpiece. fall of the damned. This small painting (43.8 x 37.1 cm) makes Christ himself appear to be immersed.
The National Gallery, London

Do not forget

To follow us on Twitter: Tweet embed.

Subscribe to the Art Weekly newsletter

If you haven’t already received our regular art and design news roundup by email, Please register here.

keep in touch

If you have any questions or comments about any of our newsletters, please send an email to