Exhibition of the week
In the Black Fantastic
Visions of technology, history and mythology in this show inspired by Afrofuturism, with Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke and more.
Hayward Gallery, London, from 29 June to 18 September.
Enigmatic and moving paintings of modern Britain by an artist who is brutally real yet poetically sublime.
The Box, Plymouth, until 4 September.
A free show from the Artist Rooms collection of the witty and playful sculptor of everyday stuff.
Tate Modern, London, until 23 July.
This connoisseur of found colour gets a retrospective of his uplifting yet gritty installations that celebrate our cities.
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, until 2 October.
Back to Earth
Brian Eno, Karrabing Film Collective, Carolina Caycedo and “smell researcher” Sissel Tolaas are among the participants in this exhibition about the climate emergency.
Serpentine North Gallery, London, until 18 September.
Image of the week
The National Windrush Monument by Basil Watson
A poignant monument to the Windrush generation was unveiled at south London’s Waterloo Station. The statue, by Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson, is the culmination of a long campaign to honour the contribution to British society of many thousands of Caribbean migrants, helping to rebuild the UK after the second world war. Another sculpture, by Thomas J Price, was unveiled last week in Hackney, north London.
What we learned
Masterpiece of the week
Major Oak, Sherwood Forest (1882) by Andrew MacCallum
There are shades of German Romanticism in this compelling Victorian painting. The massive gnarled oak tree with its bare branches and twigs like witches’ fingers that starkly stands against an empty sky is associated with the legends of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest. But alongside this very British folkloric appeal, McCallum has imported the frozen, eerie look of Caspar David Friedrich’s paintings of similarly spooky German trees. The result is a haunting vision of the woods.
Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
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