Exhibition of the week
This retrospective of the surreal hangar blaster and musical instrument crusher should be a lot of fun.
Tate Britain from May 18 to October 16
Tutankhamun: Searching the Archives
Striking photographs and other documents reveal the true story of the most famous archaeological feat of all time.
Bodleian Library, Oxford, until February 5, 2023
Touching bird portraits by the artist and nature lover best known as Vic Reeves.
Grosvenor Gallery, London, until May 28
More birds, this time by an enduring giant of American art.
Timothy Taylor, London, until June 25
In the air
Tacita Dean and Forensic Architecture are among the artists exploring our atmosphere.
Wellcome Collection, London from May 19 to October 16
Picture of the week
Dreamachine, one of Unboxed UK’s 10 national projects (formerly known as the Festival of Brexit) offers a free journey through your own head using a flashing light technique pioneered in the 1960s, and it’s as close as you are to publicly funded hallucinogens. can get. Read our full review here.
What we learned
A buried owl has baffled French puzzlers for 30 years
Comics artist Steve Dillon’s death inspired his brother Glyn to paint
Generation YBA court jesters Jake and Dinos Chapman have split up
Andy Warhol’s Marilyn is the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold
The Photo London photography fair is back
Turner winners have transformed a Nottingham gallery into a soft play area
Jarvis Cocker interviewed Peter Blake and five other collectors about their obsessions
Bob Dylan unveiled his biggest sculpture ever – in a French vineyard
Eric Johnson’s Best Shot Was of ’90s Hip-Hop’s Golden Couple
Matisse’s revolutionary Red Studio is on display in New York
A painting traded for a grilled cheese sandwich in the 70s could fetch thousands of dollars
A museum dedicated to Weimar cartoonist George Grosz has opened in Berlin
masterpiece of the week
A Shepherd with His Flock in a Wooded Landscape by Peter Paul Rubens (1615-22)
This knotty, tangled landscape of blues and greens lit by a blazing sunset draws you into a lush, oily recreation of nature. It’s a recognizably wet, wooded and murky Northern European scene. Rubens savors its leafy and shaded subtleties. Landscape art was still new when he painted this pastoral moment. The first pure landscape in European art was a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, but it was Nordic artists like Albrecht Altdorfer and Pieter Bruegel the Elder who made it a genre in its own right. Rubens is visibly indebted here to his Flemish predecessor: the birds in the trees and the figure of the shepherd are very Brueglian. Rubens was friends with Pieter Bruegel’s son Jan: perhaps he was familiar with the father’s large landscape drawings whose dense, rich thickets this painting echoes. It is a painting to be enjoyed on a rainy day, when its dreamy depths both warm and cool.
National Gallery, London
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