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Yorkshire revolts and Doig paints a cracking Caribbean dreamworld – the week in art

Toledo, Spain, 1929, by David Bomberg.
Toledo, Spain, 1929, by David Bomberg. Photograph: © The Estate of David Bomberg. All Rights Reserved/DACS 2016

Exhibition of the week

Revolt and Revolution
Protest art from the Arts Council collection brings a radical start to the year on the rolling dales of Britain’s grandest sculpture park.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 6 January until 15 April.

Souvenir Placards, 1993, by Martin Boyce is part of the Revolt and Revolution exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Souvenir Placards, 1993, by Martin Boyce is part of the Revolt and Revolution exhibition. Photograph: Jonty Wilde/Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Also showing

Tracey Emin’s My Bed /JMW Turner
Last chance to see the juxtaposed works of two artists closely connected with Margate, and compare the rumpled linen of Emin’s bed with Turner’s sprays of sea foam.
Turner Contemporary, Margate, until 14 January.

Bomberg
There are still a few weeks to catch this survey of David Bomberg, one of the best British modernists on the eve of the first world war, and later a key influence of the young Frank Auerbach.
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until 4 February.

Evgeny Antufiev
Siberian legends haunt the work of this anthropologically minded Russian artist.
Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, until 18 February.

Peter Doig
One of the best painters of this century, and on cracking form. Try a midwinter break in Doig’s Caribbean dreamworld.
Michael Werner Gallery, London, until 17 February.

Masterpiece of the Week

El Médico [The Doctor], 1779 by Francisco de Goya

El Médico (The Doctor), 1779, Francisco de Goya
This is one of the great images of winter. Goya may even have intended it as an allegory of the season, for it is a design for a tapestry to hang in the Spanish royal palace El Pardo, part of a series of such designs that were his first major commissions. The young Goya’s brightly coloured tapestry designs rejoice in (apparently) simple evocations of seasonal fun and festivals, like this portrayal of a country doctor warming his hands over a dish of hot coals while his two students huddle by him in the bleak midwinter. The fiery red of the doctor’s cloak contrasts brilliantly with a stark leafless tree behind him, while warm russet faces look out of the picture with a glow of winter cheer. This is an optimistic painting. It is not only an evocation of winter but of reason. Goya believed fervently in the scientific ideals of the European Enlightenment, which held that education and technology could improve life. When he painted this early work there were real hopes of the Enlightenment spreading to Spain. This doctor can stand the cold because he is warmed by reason, in the shape of the medical books that lie open in front of him. Goya would later see reason destroyed by war and smothered by superstition but in this heartwarming work he expresses his hope for humanity.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

Image of the week

The Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park, Dubai.

The Dubai Frame
The world’s largest picture frame has been unveiled in Dubai. The 50-storey building is a tourist attraction intended to focus attention on the architecture of both the old city and its gleaming new skyscrapers. But the £50m project came under fire from Mexican architect Fernando Donis, who claims it was developed from a competition entry without his agreement.

What we learned this week

Top photographers revealed their favourite winter shots

Trees stand tall in the eyes of art collective the Arborealists

Marilyn Stafford’s photo of Albert Einstein was the very first she ever took

Sport looks even more dramatic from above

Instagrammers have a thing about Wes Anderson

Bristol’s once troubled Arnolfini is pulling in the crowds

Ron Mueck has created giant skulls for Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria Triennial

Sotheby’s is hosting an outsider art sale for the first time

Sofia Bonati turns portraits into mazes

Georgian Bath has a new fan

Developers have designs on Philip Johnson’s AT&T building

Could 2018 be a year of radical women’s art?

Roll up for the Great Exhibition of the North

Forest cities and parasite architecture piqued readers’ interest

Chinese aqaculture has an ordered beauty in the pictures of Tugo Cheng

2018’s big art shows have an air of revolution about them

There are some great photography exhibitions to look forward to

… And architecture is looking to the future

The V&A has acquired a Nijinsky costume

Pavel Filonov painted the music of Shostakovich

Old film posters are worth a pretty penny

And we remembered graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff

Readers’ art

Our A-Z of Art series concluded with your pictures on the theme of Z is for zero.

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This article titled "Yorkshire revolts and Doig paints a cracking Caribbean dreamworld – the week in art" was written by Jonathan Jones, for theguardian.com on Friday 5 January 2018 02.58pm

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