Exhibition of the week
Romanticism and realism come together fiercely in this painter who recorded the rise and fall of hope in the United States.
National Gallery, from September 10 to January 8
A statue of Baptist preacher John Chilembwe takes its place in Trafalgar Square, towering over a smaller figure of white missionary John Chorley in this recreation of a 1914 photograph of present-day Malawi.
Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London from September 14
Lyrical landscapes of globetrotters by the genius of Victorian absurd poetry.
Ikon, Birmingham, until November 13
The manuscripts of Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley are the stars of this investigation into artificial intelligence in science and science fiction.
Bodleian Library Weston Gallery, Oxford, until September 26
Enigmatic abstract paintings full of architectural imagery by this veteran Belgian artist.
White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, until October
Picture of the week
At just 29 years old, Jadé Fadojutimi is the hottest young talent in the art world. His works have already sold for over £1million and I Present Your Royal Highness (above) has been collected by the Tate. Her process is intense, both physically and emotionally – she dances and runs on the canvas, climbs ladders, cries and occasionally pauses to write in her diary. She works alone, all night, with her favorite soundtracks blasting, and sometimes she can finish a painting in a single night if she feels busy. “It becomes a force that takes over,” she says. “I still want to call it witchcraft.” Read our full interview here.
What we learned
Photographs of Andy Warhol were almost thrown away
You can buy Skepta’s first painting at auction
All the tricks of the trade you need to be an art forger
New photobook pays homage to the forgotten women of the Black Panther party
Will the world ever be ready for a linear city?
The Bats helped compose a new album of deep house bangers
Carolee Schneemann created art that even Duchamp called messy
Harold Chapman, the photographer who chronicled Paris in the rhythmic era, has died aged 95
Mitch Epstein’s photographs of the United States during the Vietnam War captured the country at a fascinating turning point in its history
masterpiece of the week
Fishermen Carrying a Drowned Man by Jozef IsraEls, 1861
The crushed, despairing forms of people bringing home a fisherman drowned in his daily toil are darkly framed against a backdrop of gray in this compassionate scene of life and death by the North Sea. The Dutch painter Israëls lived in Zandvoort, a fishing village near Haarlem in the Netherlands, before painting it in his studio in Amsterdam. The closeness and common pain of the characters makes us feel the pain of an entire community. It is as if they had all drowned. The burden of grief will not be lifted lightly. And beyond, the sea and the sky, without relief, without end.
National Gallery, London
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