Van Gogh reflects, Bacon feels beastly and a ‘lost’ masterpiece is restored – the week in art | Art

week fair

Van Gogh: Selfies
Horrific and intimate encounters with a man who saw through himself.
Courtauld Gallery, London, 3 February to 8 May.

also show

Mike Nelson
A claustrophobic installation by an artist whose gothic imagination can fool you.
Gallery Matt, London, 3 February to 5 March.

Francis Bacon: Man and the Beast
Humans and other animals in some of the most challenging masterpieces of modern art.
The Royal Academy, London, January 29 to April 17.

Francis Bacon: Man and the Beast.
Francis Bacon: Man and the Beast. Photography: David Barry/Royal Academy of Arts

the Tudors
Britain’s most admired royal dynasty shines through from their portraits.
Holborn Museum, Bath, until 8 May.

Show windows with the British Museum
George Shaw and Katie Kolowitz star in an innovative public art show.
Various store windows in Coventry until May 1.

picture of the week

Fraud in the Garden (1930) by Yves Tanguy.
Photography: Becca Pollack

Fraud in the Garden (1930) by Yves Tanguy
A surreal masterpiece thought to have been lost or destroyed when a fascist mob raided a Paris movie theater in the 1930s, it made a triumphant comeback. The film Fraud in the Garden, drawn by Yves Tanguy, is back with his wounds healed through restorer surgery. The painting’s rediscovery was confirmed by Professor Jennifer Maas, an American conservation scientist, who said the painting had been assumed to be “lost in history”. Read the full story here.

what we learned

There are privately owned art treasures that the public is legally entitled to see

Multimedia artist Noémie Goudal envisions a predicted climate future

A surgeon tried to sell an NFT of an X-ray that showed a bullet in the arm of a Bataclan survivor

Francis Bacon’s presentation to the Royal Academy made our critic want to escape

Boy was a gent, according to photographer Anton Corbijn

What caused the fire that destroyed the Glasgow School of Art ‘will never be known’

Artists try to tackle the dangers of sea level rise

Canadian Painter Alison Katz Created Strange Illusions…Julien Crozier’s Sculptures Apparently Have a Life of Their Own

Artist and “death doula” every Ocean Hughes knows how to help the dying

Public spaces in Tasmania ‘dripping in colonialism’ have been disrupted by First Nations artists

Jodi Baca, the famous Chicana muralist, paints the forgotten history of Los Angeles

Hermès sues US artist over NFTs inspired by Birkin bags

Masterpiece of the week

painting titled
Photo: Photo12 / Universal Images Group / Getty Images

Portrait of Girolamo (?) Barbarigo by Titian
His sharp eyes and sharp nose call out to you from all over the gallery and command you to stand in front of him. This is one of the essential paintings in the history of art. Rembrandt imitated his pose in a self-portrait owned by the National Gallery as well. This is because here Titian discovers how to transcend the depiction of outward appearances, and passively convey the mystery of the man behind the arm with the slanted silk-sleeved. His situation seemed to be temporary, as if he was about to rush out, and this increased his sense of energy and vitality. He also appears to be sharing a joke or conversation with the painter. Although the title reflects the latest theory about his identity, he lives forever as a mysterious man, at once social and secretive, communicating in his alert self-awareness with the complexity of the self. What a piece of work.
The National Gallery, London.

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