A soldier’s vision, astro masterpieces and the treasures of Kazakhstan – the week in art | art

Exhibition of the week

Marcus Jansen
Visceral paintings of a world gone mad by this US Army veteran.
Almine Rech, London, from 13 Jan to 22 Feb

Also on display

Gymnast in January
JMW Turner’s swirling, luminous landscapes get their traditional New Year’s Eve reception in Edinburgh. Who says there are no fireworks this year?
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until January 31

Rana Begum
Paintings and installations that explore the nature of color.
Warwick Arts Centre, January 13 to March 13

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Stunning photos of the night sky that prove anyone can create a masterpiece of astrophotography.
National Maritime Museum, London, until August 7

Gold of the Great Steppe
With Kazakhstan currently in crisis, this exhibition reveals its long and rich history as a land of nomads before the Soviet era.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until January 30

Image of the week

Les femmes vertes by Rhed, aka Rocco Ritchie.
Green Women by Rhed. Photo: Courtesy Tanya Baxter Contemporary

This is a painting by the pseudonymous artist Rhed, who has been exhibiting in London since 2018 and whose work – inspired by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Paula Rego according to his gallery owner – has sold for five-figure sums. It was revealed this week that Rhed is Rocco Ritchie, the 21-year-old son of Guy Ritchie and Madonna. Read the full story here.

What we learned

Italy returns a Parthenon fragment to Greece amid British row over marbles

Tracey Emin launches a “revolutionary” art school in Margate

Crypto Tycoons Helped Set Global Art Market Records in 2021

A Tory minister wants to change the law after the overthrow of Colston’s statue in Bristol are cleared by a court

The Royal Academy will show how Francis Bacon created his own mythology of the perverse

AR Penck’s ‘democratic’ painting, which made him an enemy of the East German Stasi, is on display

Eminem would have paid $450.00 for an NFT of a bored monkey “Eminape”…

… but Melania Trump is selling an NFT portrait of herself for just $180,000

The radical Blk Art Group shook Thatcher’s Britain on its head

A New York exhibit, Doomscrolling, examines our hunger to hear the worst

New evidence has been found that the Nazis used fake auctions and paperwork to cover up their art theft

Wayne Thiebaud, famous for his paintings of cakes and pies, died at the age of 101…

Pioneering British photorealist painter John Salt died aged 84

and humanist photographer Sabine Weiss also died

Masterpiece of the week

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (No. 43), from Los Caprichos by Francisco Goya
Photo: Visual Arts/Corbis/Getty Images

Francisco de Goya: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters 1797 – 8
This etching, made long before Sigmund Freud or Surrealism, looks into the dark recesses of the mind. If this man of the 18th-century Enlightenment were awake, he would be doing his rational work of improvement, as evidenced by the book he falls over. But his sleeping psyche is populated by sinister creatures of the night who personify beastly passions and unholy horrors. Goya created this profound image as the French Revolution degenerated into the Terror, and with it the hopes of liberal reform in his native Spain began to look like fading dreams. Things would soon get worse as Napoleon conquered Spain, bloody resistance ensued, and Goya witnessed real monstrosities. Here he shudders at what he feels is about to unfold in the twilight of reason.
British Museum, London

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