Exhibition of the week
This retrospective of the surreal pilot explorer and musical instrument buster should be full of fun.
Tate Britain from May 18 to October 16
Also on display
Tutankhamun: excavation of the archive
Arrest photos and other documents reveal the true story of the most famous archaeological find of all time.
Bodleian Library, Oxford, until February 5, 2023
Touching bird portraits by the artist and nature lover better known as Vic Reeves.
Grosvenor Gallery, London, until May 28
More birds, this time by an enduring giant of American art.
Timothy Taylor, London, until June 25
In the air
Tacita Dean and Forensic Architecture are among the artists who explore our atmosphere.
Wellcome Collection, London from 19 May to 16 October
Image of the week
Dreamachine, one of 10 national projects in Unboxed UK (formerly known as the Festival of Brexit) offers a free journey into your own head thanks to a flashy lighting technique pioneered in the 1960s, and it comes just as close to being through the state funded hallucinogens like you. Read our full review here.
What we learned
A buried owl has baffled French puzzlers for 30 years
The death of cartoonist Steve Dillon inspired his brother Glyn to paint
Jake and Dinos Chapman, court jesters of the YBA generation, have broken up
Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Is The Most Expensive Piece Of 20th Century Art Ever Sold
The photography fair Photo London is back
Turner winners turned a Nottingham gallery into a soft play space
Jarvis Cocker interviewed Peter Blake and five other collectors about their obsessions
Bob Dylan unveiled his largest sculpture ever – in a French vineyard
Eric Johnson’s Best Shot Was Of The Golden 90s Hip-Hop Couple
Matisse’s groundbreaking Red Studio is on display in New York
A painting traded for a sandwich in the 1970s could bring in thousands
A museum dedicated to Weimar sketcher George Grosz has opened in Berlin
Masterpiece of the week
A Shepherd with His Flock in a Wooded Landscape by Peter Paul Rubens (1615-22)
This gnarled, tangled landscape of blues and greens lit by a blazing low sun transports you to a lush, oily recreation of nature. It is a recognizable Northern European scene, wet, wooded and cloudy. Rubens loves his leafy, shady subtleties. Landscape art was still new when he painted this pastoral moment. The first pure landscape in European art is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, but it was northern artists like Albrecht Altdorfer and Pieter Bruegel the Elder who turned it into a genre in its own right. Here Rubens is recognisably indebted to his Flemish predecessor: the birds in the trees and the figure of the shepherd are very Bruegelian. Rubens was friends with Pieter Bruegel’s son, Jan: he may have known the father’s large landscape drawings whose rich thick undergrowth echoes this painting. It is a painting to enjoy on a rainy day, when the dreamy depths warm and refresh at the same time.
National Gallery, London
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