Show of the week
In the fantastic black
Visions of technology, history and mythology in this Afrofuturism-inspired show, starring Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, and more.
Hayward Gallery, London, from 29 June to 18 September.
Enigmatic and moving paintings of modern Britain by a brutally real but poetically sublime artist.
The Box, Plymouth, until 4 September.
A free show from the witty and playful sculptor’s Artist Rooms collection of everyday things.
Tate Modern, London, until 23 July.
This connoisseur of found color receives a retrospective of his uplifting but gritty installations celebrating our cities.
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, through 2 October.
Back to Earth
Brian Eno, Karrabing Film Collective, Carolina Caycedo and the “researcher of smells” Sissel Tolaas are among the participants in this exhibition on the climate emergency.
Serpentine North Gallery, London, until 18 September.
Image of the week
Basil Watson’s Windrush National Monument
A poignant monument to the Windrush generation has been unveiled at Waterloo Station in South London. The statue, by Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson, is the culmination of a long campaign to honor the contributions to British society of many thousands of Caribbean migrants, helping to rebuild the UK after World War II. Another sculpture, by Thomas J Price, was unveiled last week in Hackney, North London.
What we have learned
Documenta 15 has opened in Kassel, Germany, art collectives with skateboarders and a Bengali bazaar
London’s new Africa Center has injected zing into a once seedy building
David Bowie inspired the sculptor Penny Goring
Benin photographer Rachidi Bissiriou captured a seismic period in his country’s history
Nathan Coley has posted a giant sign visible to refugees at sea
Plans to remodel London’s National Gallery Sainsbury Wing threaten its bizarre splendor
A new film tells the story of artist Eric Ravilious
Megan Cope creates art from catastrophe
How Tsang Tsou-choi, the graffiti-smeared king of Kowloon, went from local eccentric to cult hero
Alison Wilding, curator of the Royal Academy, talks to us about her summer exhibition focused on climate
Masterpiece of the week
Major Oak, Sherwood Forest (1882) by Andrew MacCallum
There are shades of German romanticism in this gripping Victorian painting. The massive gnarled oak with its bare branches and witch-finger-like twigs that stands out sharply against an empty sky is associated with the legends of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. But alongside this very British folklore charm, McCallum imported the frozen and eerie look of Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings of equally spooky German trees. The result is a disturbing view of the woods.
Nottingham city museums and galleries
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