Exhibition of the week
This retrospective of one of modern Britain’s most brilliant and original artists is guaranteed to fool your eyes and stretch your mind.
• Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 19 June–22 September. Hayward Gallery, London, 22 October–26 January.
Get Up Stand Up Now
Anthea Hamilton, Ajamu, Betye Saar, David Hammons, Zadie Smith and A Guy Called Gerald are among the stars in this survey of 50 years of black art and culture.
• Somerset House, London, until 15 September.
Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking
Sybil Andrews, Lill Tschudi, Cyril Power and Leonard Beaumont feature in a survey of the lost 1930s art of linocut.
• Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 19 June–8 September.
Leonardo da Vinci
The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci are opened for your inspection. Anyone who is tired of Leonardo is tired of art … and science.
• British Library, London, until 8 September.
As Seen on Screen
Fiona Banner and Sam Taylor-Johnson are among the artists taking on cinema in this survey of a relationship that started when Dalí and Buñuel filmed a razor slashing an eyeball.
• Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, until 18 August.
Masterpiece of the week
Cephalus and Aurora by Nicolas Poussin, circa 1630
Cupid holds up a portrait of Cephalus’s wife, Procris, to remind him to be faithful. He needs this firming up to resist the advances of Aurora, goddess of dawn. It’s a mythological image of seduction and fidelity that Poussin, a French immigrant to Italy stunned by the classical heritage of Rome, renders both entertaining and moralistic. Yet the triviality of the tale is transcended and transformed by his sublime depiction of a blazing sky and an earth kissed by its light. This grand luminosity turns a simple scene into a history that glows with enigmatic importance.
• National Gallery, London.
Image of the week
Ignorance = Fear by Keith Haring, 1989
In a career lasting barely a decade, due to his early death from Aids-related illness, New York pop artist Keith Haring used his street art as posters, protesting against apartheid, railing against religious intolerance and bigotry, homophobia and racism. This image is from his first major UK exhibition, which opened at Tate Liverpool this week. Read the review here.
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