Stormy American Realism, Ancient Artificial Intelligence, and no-nonsense Lear: The Week in Art

Stormy American Realism, Ancient Artificial Intelligence, and no-nonsense Lear: The Week in Art

Stormy American Realism, Ancient Artificial Intelligence, and no-nonsense Lear: The Week in Art

Show of the week

Winslow Homer
Romanticism and realism blend fiercely in this painter who recorded the rise and fall of hope in the United States.
• National Gallery, from 10 September to 8 January

Also showing

Samson Kambalu
A statue of Baptist preacher John Chilembwe stands in Trafalgar Square, towering over a smaller figure of white missionary John Chorley in this reconstruction of a 1914 photograph from today’s Malawi.
• Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London from 14 September

Samson Kambalu inspects a model of Antelope, depicting John Chilembwe and John Chorley

Samson Kambalu inspects a model of Antelope, depicting John Chilembwe and John Chorley. Photograph: Tim P Whitby / Getty Images

Edoardo Lear
Lyrical globetrotting landscapes of the senseless Victorian poetry genius.
• Ikon, Birmingham, until 13 November

Imagining the AI
The manuscripts of Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley are the protagonists of this investigation into artificial intelligence in science and science fiction.
• Weston Gallery Bodleian Library, Oxford, until 26 September

Leon Wuidar
Enigmatic abstract paintings filled with architectural imagery by this veteran Belgian artist.
• White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, through October

Image of the week

At just 29, Jadé Fadojutimi is the hottest young talent in the art world. His works have already sold for over £ 1 million and I Present Your Royal Highness (above) has been raised by the Tate. His process is intense, both physically and emotionally: he dances and runs on the canvas, climbs the stairs, cries and sometimes stops to write in his diary. She works alone, all night, with her favorite soundtracks exploding, and sometimes she can finish a painting in a single night if she feels taken. “She Becomes a force that takes over,” she says. “I always want to call it witchcraft.” Read our full interview here.

What we have learned

Andy Warhol’s photographs were almost thrown away

You can win the first Skepta painting at auction

All the tricks of the trade you need to be an art forger

A new photo book pays homage to the neglected women of the Black Panther party

Will the world ever be ready for a linear city?

Bats helped compose a new deep house bangers album

Carolee Schneemann created an art that even Duchamp said was messy

Harold Chapman, the photographer who portrayed the Paris of the beat era, has died at the age of 95

Mitch Epstein’s photographs of the United States during the Vietnam War captured the country at a fascinating turning point in its history

Masterpiece of the week

Jozef Israels, Fishermen Carrying a Drowned Man

Jozef Israels, Fishermen Carrying a Drowned Man

Fishermen Carrying a Drowned by Jozef Israëls, 1861
The crushed and hopeless shapes of the people bringing home a drowned fisherman in his daily work are darkened against the greyness in this compassionate scene of life and death on the North Sea. Dutch painter Israëls spent time in Zandvoort, a fishing village near Haarlem in the Netherlands, before painting it in his Amsterdam studio. The closeness and common pain of the figures makes us feel the pain of an entire community. It is as if they were all drowned. The burden of pain will not ease off lightly. And beyond there are the sea and the sky, without features, infinite.
• National Gallery, London

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