The power of Auerbach, the perils of Venice and the seaside pleasures of Martin Parr – the week of art | Art
Exhibition of the week
Frank Auerbach: Invisible
One of the most powerful painters of modern times gets a glimpse of his work so far.
Newlands House GalleryPetworth, from April 2
The Venice of Canaletto revisited
Twenty-four views of 18th century Venice already reveal its decadence, while a final section brings the peril of the city up to date.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwichuntil September 25
Inspire Walt Disney
How exquisite artifacts from 18th century France fueled Disney films. If talking teapots are your thing.
Wallace Collection, LondonApril 6 to October 16
Martin Parr: Life is a Beach
Inimitably tacky and compassionate photos of British beach life, displayed in a seaside gallery.
Giant Gallery, BournemouthApril 2 to June 26
Gianmaria Andreetta, Megan Plunkett, Richard Sides, Jason Hirata and Angharad Williams in a collective exhibition with a big name and a thesis on postmodern artifice.
Mostyn, Llandudnountil June 12
Picture of the week
Ivory Coast-born artist Laetitia Ky connects hair extensions to her natural hair and then molds them into shapes, sometimes using wire and glue. His extraordinary sculptures – towering growths of coils and loops – challenge taboos. She opened up about how learning to love her natural hair taught her to love being a black woman – and Western criticism of her work. Her book Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty (Princeton Architectural Press, £19.99), is out April 5. Read the interview here.
What we learned
Barbara Walker continues to highlight the black figures of classic art
Australia’s Indigenous Art Triennial celebrates Aboriginal knowledge in ‘the heart of the sacred land of Whitefella’
British Museum faces legal action over refusal to allow 3D scanning of Parthenon marble piece
Trinidad-born textile artist Althea McNish made Britain flourish in the 1950s and 1960s
William Morris’ home in the Cotswolds has been restored to its former glory…
… but Britain is in the grip of the wrecking ball
Joel Meyerowitz’s seminal Redheads photobook has been re-released with new images
Anna Neubauer’s best photo is a kiss
The Oxford house with a shark sculpture on the roof is now a heritage site
masterpiece of the week
The deposition of Ugolino di Nerio, 1325-1328
It is one of the most moving and overwhelming scenes in Christian art. The gentle descent of the dead Christ from the cross will be painted with poetry and ingenuity by Rogier van der Weyden, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Rubens and many others, over the centuries. But here it is clearly told in a work from before the Black Death. The almost naked dead man seems almost to respond to his mother Mary who kisses him. The Madeleine in a red dress strokes his arm. In distressing realistic detail, giant pliers are used to tear out the fingernail that grips his feet. These deeply human encounters around the cross helped to make history immediate for everyone. They still do, if you let your emotions respond to the agony of this painting.
National Gallery, London
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