Utopian cities, medieval manuscripts and a mourning queen: the week in art

Utopian cities, medieval manuscripts and a mourning queen: the week in art

Show of the week

Maria Bartuszova
Surreal and elusive forms of a Slovak sculptor who challenged communist rule.
• Tate Modern, London, from 20 September to 16 April

Also showing

Lindisfarne Gospels
Fascinating medieval manuscript in a show that contrasts it with contemporary art.
• Laing Gallery, Newcastle, from 17th September to 3rd December

Michele Armitage
The talented Gauguinan painter shows new works, as well as ceramic sculptures by Seyni Awa Camara.
• White Cube Bermondsey, London, from 21 September to 30 October

Vittorio Wanting
Paintings by the husband of the late Paula Rego, who preceded her in 1988.
• Timothy Taylor, London, from 22 September to 5 November

Yinka Ilori
Optimistic and utopian art and design reinventing the city.
• Design Museum, London, until 25 June 2023

Image of the week

By now at the age of 80, Georg Baselitz has lost none of the fiery spirit that earned him the label of “degenerate” artist. The arch provocateur speaks of his art of him who opens his eyes, tells of his old age and his true feelings for painters. Read our full interview here.

What we have learned

Wolfgang Tillmans is in a thoughtful mood ahead of a career retrospective

Renato Casaro was the Michelangelo of the movie poster

William Klein, who died at the age of 96, revolutionized photography

A struggle is underway to save Birmingham’s “brute” architectural masterpieces

Whether it was idealized, gilded or defaced, the image of Queen Elizabeth regularly appeared in our art

Carolee Schneemann’s work was a response to American macho conservatism

Banksy from France is a street artist who fills the potholes

Photographer Johny Pitts and poet Roger Robinson toured black Britain in a Mini

Going to the Match by LS Lowry is up for auction

John Louis Petit, aka Britain’s “forgotten teacher” is finally enjoying a moment in the sun

Masterpiece of the week

Marian Queen of Spain in mourning, 1666.

Marian Queen of Spain in mourning, 1666.

Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo: Marian Queen of Spain in mourning, 1666
The widow of King Philip IV of Spain looks at you with bewildering intimacy in this study of royal pain. But it’s not just her sadness that weighs it down. The official document she is holding is a sign that she has work to do, as Queen Mariana ruled as regent when this was painted. Spanish royal portraiture had recently been taken to unprecedented heights by Velázquez, who served Philip IV and died in 1660. This painting echoes his brilliant sense of reality: it even alludes to his masterpiece Las Meninas with his insight into the interior of the Royal Palace . It creates a slice of life, a moment that we accept is genuine and not staged – the Queen revealing her emotions about her, here in the shadows where only her dog comforts her.
• National Gallery, London

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