exhibition of the week
Hallyu! the korean wave
An infectiously bold survey of South Korean pop culture that also manages to include some solid history. Read our five star review.
• V&A, London, from September 24
Study of the superb and restless South African artist, creator of theater and opera, and radical. Read our review.
• Royal Academy, London, September 24-December 11
Marina Abramović: Doors and Gates
An Abramović event without the renowned performance artist, who is replaced by volunteers trained in her “Method”.
• Modern Art Oxford, from September 24 to March 5
Dark Waters: JMW Turner with Lamin Fonfana
Does the great and radical romantic painter need a soundtrack? Tate Liverpool thinks so.
• Tate Liverpool, from September 27
Horses and Freud
A celebration of Lucian Freud’s passion for turf, including the relics of his gambling.
• Ordovas, London, September 27-December 16
picture of the Week
Francis Bacon, known for his brutally visceral paintings of screaming potatoes and writhing figures, also worked in London as an interior designer. Rare surviving items from the period, including his rugs, less stained paintings, and this plate/palette, are now for sale. Read the full article.
what we learned
Brad Pitt’s sculptures, yes, his sculptures, are on display…and they’re not hideous!
A gigantic See Monster has landed in Weston-super-Mare
The short-lived Sex Pistols were a direct influence on the YBA
A 21,450-page book – the longest volume in the world – has gone on sale and is unreadable
Jim Moir has retired his Vic Reeves character to focus on painting people fighting on boats.
There is a fight to preserve the plastered house with art by outside artist Ron Gittins
Superstar set designer Es Devlin lies awake thinking of Debenhams
King Charles’ attention to British architecture achieved nothing
Potter and Painter Derek Andrews and ‘Last Impressionist’ Ken Howard Die
masterpiece of the week
dhratarashtra, Guardian King of the North, Joseon dynasty of Korea, 1796-1820
This painting on linen is a fantastically powerful, almost flowery vision of a ferocious being extravagantly dressed in red and black, warning any intruder into a Buddhist temple. You can see how, in previous centuries, the art of Korea creatively mixed with the Buddhist styles of its neighbors China and Japan. However, the tough Guardian-King is playing a lute, his soft harmonies suggesting the softer side of him. Korea’s traditional art is supremely spiritual and civilized, expressing Buddhist values in ethereal, symmetrical ceramics and gilded manuscripts, as well as in this characteristic image.
• The British Museum, London
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