Show of the week
Bloomberg New contemporaries 2022
Spot the Turner Award winners of the future in this showcase for young artists fresh out of college.
• South London Gallery until 12 March.
The provocative artist goes medieval on glass, in luminous sculptures that tell the stories of St Bede and St Cuthbert.
• Sadie Coles, 8 Bury St, London, until 12 January.
JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana: Dark Waters
If you visit the Turner Prize at Tate Liverpool, don’t miss the excellent show by Mr Turner himself.
• Tate Liverpool until 4 June.
Dippy Returns: The nation’s favorite dinosaur
A special exhibit of the glorious cast of diplodocus which dominated the main hall of this museum.
• Natural History Museum, London, until 2 January.
Print and Prejudice: Female Printmakers, 1700-1930
Romantic artist Lady Dorothea Knighton is among the women printers revealed here, alongside moderns like Gwen Raverat and Mary Cassatt.
• V&A, London, until 1 May.
Picture of the week
The Turner Award winner has, for some time, focused on who can shout the loudest, with cheeky and sensational spectators grabbing the prize. This year, however, Veronica Ryan’s mature and meditative sculptures have been the opposite of all of that: her vital work is astounding in her sheer intelligent beauty. A sensational winner making this the first Turner Award in years of note. Read the full article here.
What have we learned
Eight people have been arrested in Ukraine for stealing a Banksy mural
Radically unfashionable haircuts were displayed at Australia’s first Mulletfest
An eerie display of Victorian sculptures of women has gone on display in Leeds
Painter Eric Tucker’s messy living room in Warrington has been recreated from a Mayfair gallery
A new development on London’s Southbank threatens the ‘beauty’ of the area
Early 20th-century Swedish painter Hilda af Klint experienced sex from “a place beyond gender”
A Birmingham exhibition is highlighting the links between modernist architecture and horror
Masterpiece of the week
Studies for the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Leonardo da Vinci, 1505–8
Leonardo’s genius boils and bubbles in this dazzling drawing. It is much more than a “study” for a painting. This sheet of paper hints at the multifaceted scope of his mind that he has explored in notebooks on everything from anatomy to flight. The cogwheel sketches show him thinking about an engineering problem while he designs a painting. But the core design is even more striking. It’s a frantic, chaotic, inkblot that he seems to have made completely randomly – only then has he reworked his dense form to mark faces and figures. As art historian EH Gombrich has pointed out, this resembles the quasi-shamanic method he recommended to artists: look at a stain, said Leonardo, until he starts seeing faces, landscapes and battles in it. Here he created his stain and found shapes in it. From his dream emerges a united family of mother, son and grandmother, like a vision from the unconscious. You can see why surrealist Max Ernst was inspired by Leonardo.
• British Museum
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