Two foiled smugglers, a VR doyen and Bruegel goes sketching – the week in art | art and design

exhibition of the week

Edinburgh Arts Festival
Vincent van Gogh, Tracey Emin and Burke and Hare all feature in this expansive visual response to the fringe, along with canalside commissions and collaborative projects.
Venues in Edinburgh from 28th July to 28th August

also show

Artemisia Gentileschi
A virtual reality encounter with this baroque avenger is given weight by her recent painting, Susanna and the Elders, which resides here.
Burghley House, Lincolnshire, 23rd July to 31st August

Sense
Flemish Renaissance drawings, including sketches by the wondrous Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Ä.
Courtauld Gallery, London, until September 25th

Frank Auerbach
In the last few weeks to witness this outstanding encounter with a modern greatness.
Newlands House Gallery, Petworth, until August 14th

Ilana Savdie
Paintings that delight in the subversive spirit of the carnivalesque.
White Cube Bermondsey, London, until September 11th

picture of the week

Big Sweep by Claes Oldenburg, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado. Photo: Robertharding/Alamy

Acclaimed pop artist Claes Oldenburg has died at the age of 93. He specialized in monumental sculptures, where everyday objects suddenly became much larger than life. See a gallery of his work here.

What we learned

Shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Architecture Prize are an arts center clad in recycled, machined shells and a school with no corridors

The painter Frank Bowling is also an abstract sculptor

Boris Johnson’s imaginative city-within-a-city is now a Ballardian ghost town

Europe’s tallest piece of street art has been completed in Leeds

Spanish customs seized a €450,000 Picasso sketch undeclared by a passenger

Italian police outdid their Spanish counterparts in preventing the illegal sale of a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

The newest resident of Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth will be an anti-colonial hero by sculptor Samson Kambalu

A Catalan city is hoping to acquire the surreal labyrinthine complex Espai Corberó, created by artist Xavier Corberó

A new exhibition in London examines the influence of surrealism on design

Magnum photographer Colby Deal captures black life in his hometown of Houston, Texas

masterpiece of the week

Portrait of Margaret Lindsay by Evelick: The Artist's Wife by Allan Ramsay (1758-60)
Photo: John McKenzie/National Galleries of Scotland, Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland, 1861.

Portrait of Margaret Lindsay by Evelick: The Artist’s Wife by Allan Ramsay (1758-60)
Noble-born Margaret Lindsay broke up with the hugely successful but far from aristocratic Scottish painter Allan Ramsay and married him in Edinburgh, to her father’s anger. In his portrait of her, she appears to be a sensitive and serious soul, captivating your gaze with openness and confidence, while surrounded by a delicate blend of pale pinks and blues, and the flowers beside her playing their ribbons and laces. Ramsay is an artist with great emotional insight. He worked in the Scottish Enlightenment, when thinkers in Edinburgh were questioning nature and society. When we look at his wife’s characterful presence, we see him questioning the very nature of individuality.

Scottish National Gallery

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