Show of the week
Orgiastic meditations on the incarnation of this outrageous pioneer of performance and body art.
• Barbican, London, from 8 September to 8 January
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
For this project, Artangel Coates collaborated with five people who have experienced psychosis.
Churchill Gardens Estate, London, from 4th September to 30th October
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
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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
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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