Orgiastic body art, a Midlands meme and Hockney meets the Pharaohs: the week in art

Orgiastic body art, a Midlands meme and Hockney meets the Pharaohs: the week in art

Orgiastic body art, a Midlands meme and Hockney meets the Pharaohs: the week in art

Show of the week

Carole Schneemann
Orgiastic meditations on the incarnation of this outrageous pioneer of performance and body art.
• Barbican, London, from 8 September to 8 January

Also showing

Visions of Ancient Egypt
Chris Ofili, David Hockney and others are inspired by the Pharaohs.
• Sainsbury Center, Norwich, from 3 September to 1 January

The Lost King: Imagining Richard III
Art and armor help bring 15th-century England to life, including Paul Delaroche’s painting of Richard III’s condemned nephews.
• Wallace Collection, London, from 7 September to 8 January

Marco Coates
For this project, Artangel Coates collaborated with five people who have experienced psychosis.
Churchill Gardens Estate, London, from 4th September to 30th October

Sturtevant
This subversive 1960s artist who redid the work of other artists is now considered a pioneer of postmodernism.
• Thaddaeus Ropac, London from 8 September to 3 October

Image of the week

Brandon Güell’s Treefrog Pool Party
For this photograph, highly praised in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, Güell waded chest-deep in the murky waters of the Osa Peninsula, where he was calling a gathering of male flying tree frogs. At dawn, thousands of females came to the pool to mate and lay their eggs on the overhanging palm fronds. Here, unmated males look for females to mate with.
• See more of the best entries from this year’s competition here

Read the full article here with a link

What we have learned

The Canadian city pulls out a huge bronze bison sculpture amid colonial image concerns

Keith Haring’s brutal sale of Radiant Baby reflects a short cut of genius

An Instagram meme of “four guys in jeans” has become a statue in Birmingham

The antiquities destroyed in the Beirut port explosion have been painstakingly reconstructed

Lim Heng Swee created digital artwork of cats camouflaged as landscapes

Guardian photographer Linda Nylind has found a subversive side to Southwold, on the Suffolk coast

The photographers picked their favorite shots of the departing British Prime Minister

Yinka Ilori’s models and architectural designs on display at the London Design Museum

The Natural History Museum has revealed some of the best wildlife photography this year

Masterpiece of the week

Melancholy III by Edvard Munch, 1902

Melancholy III by Edvard Munch, 1902

Melancholy III by Edvard Munch, 1902
This is one of Munch’s kindest works. It tastes of melancholy like a good wine. We do not know why the young man sits in sad introspection on the shore, contemplating those dark Nordic waters. But there is a philosophical acceptance in his pose and perhaps a hint of creativity. Because this is a portrait of “melancholy”, not of madness. The way the young man rests his head on his hand repeats the conventional pose of melancholy in medieval and Renaissance art – the most famous being the engraving by Albrecht Dürer Melencolia I. The image of Dürer of Melancholia as a winged “genius” surrounded by tools of sculpture and architecture identifies this mood with the artist’s visionary obscurity. This is Munch’s acknowledgment that his art stems from inner suffering.
• British Museum, London

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