Inspiration from the Golden Age, green neon in Dorset and the raw power of nature – the week in art | Art and design

Exhibition of the week

Reframed: The Woman in the Window
Rachel Whiteread, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman and others reveal how the depiction of women in Dutch Golden Age paintings has inspired contemporary artists.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, from May 4 to September 4.

Also on display

Radical landscapes
Jeremy Deller’s green neon version of the Cerne Abbas giant and Claude Cahun’s island masquerades are among the subversive versions of pastoral here.
Tate Liverpool from May 5 to September 4.

Loyal to nature: Outdoor painting in Europe 1780-1870
French Impressionism grew out of the tradition of open-air oil sketches explored here, with quickly painted landscapes by Constable, Corot, and others. Works well with Hockney’s current acquisition of the museum.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, from May 3 to August 29.

Uncanny…Andreas Gursky’s Salinas, 2021. Photographer: Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Andreas Gursky
The German artist whose eerie panoramic photographs capture the complexities of modern life shows recent work, including sublime river views.
White Cube Bermondsey, London, from April 29 to June 26.

Archipenko and the Italian Avant Garde
This Kiev-born pioneer of modern sculpture had a powerful influence on the Italian Futurists.
Estorick Collection, London, from May 4 to September 4.

Image of the week

Top secret drawing lesson for life
Look away, straight male gaze… a Top Secret life drawing class in Melbourne. Photo: Katy Marks

Art clubs popping up around Sydney and Melbourne give artists the chance to draw trans and queer people, burlesque performers and even models in cosplay. Read the full story here.

What we learned

Black British artist Sonia Boyce won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion at the Venice Biennale

For the first time, more women than male artists in the large halls of the biennale

Justine Kurland cut and collaged images from books by 150 renowned white male photographers

There are sandbags in Venice for Ukrainian art

Tracey Emin has a new sense of freedom in Margate

It’s pretty obvious that Walter Sickert claimed to be Jack the Ripper

Museums have weathered the crisis

The National Trust holds the treasures of Polesden Lacey. revealed

A new office plan for London’s South Bank is a brute

Reclaiming heritage fabrics fuels African fashion boom

Masterpiece of the week

William Hogarth (1697 - 1764), Sarah Malcolm, 1733. Oil on canvas
Photo: National Gallery of Scotland, bequest of Lady Jane Dundas 1897

Sarah Malcolm, 1733, by William Hogarth
This isn’t one of the savage satires Hogarth is famous for, but a sensitive, compassionate portrait of a woman waiting to die. Sarah Malcolm, a servant, was convicted of the murder of her mistress and two other members of the household, but insisted she was innocent. It was a notorious case, and Hogarth was given access to her cell in Newgate Prison, where he sketched her two days before she was to be hanged. Her eyes are sad and pensive, looking away from us as if she’s going through her life in her mind. Hogarth seems sympathetic to her in his imagery. He probably would have made her face bolder had he believed her guilty. She is portrayed as a victim of a dark and labyrinthine legal system whose shadows surround her as it prepares to swallow her.
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

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