The man who painted The Great Wave is one of the world’s most passionate and poetic artists. This promises to be a captivating encounter with his genius.
• British Museum, London, 25 May–13 August
Canaletto and the Art of Venice
The entrancing cityscapes of this 18th-century painter preserve Italy’s floating urban paradise as it was 250 years ago.
• The Queen’s Gallery, London, until 12 November
America’s sweet tooth is wistfully celebrated by Thiebaud’s lyrical depictions of candy, cake and ice cream.
• White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, 24 May–2 July
The history of slavery is uneasily remixed by Fagen’s reworking of Robert Burns’s 1792 poem The Slave’s Lament.
• Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 20 May–29 October
Flayed statues eerily inhabit the haunted world of this magical museum in Quinn’s enjoyable intervention.
• Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, until 23 September
JMW Turner, Calais Pier, 1803
It looks exaggerated, but by all accounts crossing the English channel really was as dangerous as this at the beginning of the 19th century. Turner’s painting is so real and alive you almost feel the sea sickness of the passengers as they try to disembark from a frail boat on to a feeble wooden pier that looks as if it’s about to be swept away on the mountainous waters. Turner (1775-1851) and Hokusai (1760-1849) were contemporaries. Their visions of the sea share a sense of human smallness.
• National Gallery, London.
An image from Imperial Courts, a photo series taken on a Los Angeles housing estate between 1993 and 2015 by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg. She was awarded the Deutsche Borse photography prize this week, beating Sophie Calle, Awoiska van der Molen, and the duo of Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. In an interview with the Guardian, she described why she made the series: “I want each image to be its own self-contained story, and then together, as a body, they present the community in a certain way. It’s not the wild west with people shooting each other, but people do live with a lot of loss and death.”
Guardian members can book now for an exclusive private view: True Faith, a group show exploring the impact of Joy Division and New Order on the art world, part of Manchester international festival.
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