Anti-apartheid art, Keith Haring graffiti and new life for fallen trees – the week in art

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Exhibition of nan week

Gavin Jantjes: To Be Free!
A retrospective of nan South African creator who has spent overmuch of his life successful Britain, primitively arsenic a governmental exile successful nan apartheid era.
Whitechapel Gallery, London, from 12 June until 1 September

Also showing

Zanele Muholi
Welcome restaging of a pandemic-hit show by nan acclaimed photographer of South Africa’s LGBTQ+ community, pinch caller useful added.
Tate Modern, London, until 26 January

Keith Haring: Subway Drawings
The hit goes connected arsenic Haring’s superb early drawings successful nan New York subway are celebrated.
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, until 5 September

Charles Lutyens
Insights into unwellness and nan aforesaid by an expressive creator who worked arsenic an creation therapist.
Bethlem Museum of nan Mind, Beckenham, from 8 June until 31 August

Leilah Babirye: Obumu (Unity)
Striking caller useful hewn from trees that person lived and died successful Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 8 September

Image of nan week

Morgan Otagburuagu’s Bountiful, 2023.
Striking … Morgan Otagburuagu’s Bountiful, 2023. Photograph: Dabor William Eworitsemogha/Morgan Otagburuagu/Doyle Wham, London

Morgan Otagburuagu’s striking, experimental imagery celebrates nan spot of nan Black assemblage and nan iridescent beauty of Black skin. The Lagos-based artist, who is simply a maestro of light, is conscionable 1 of nan photographers connected show astatine Photo Basel this year. See nan afloat gallery.

What we learned

A dazzling caller Degas show trains a ray connected Black women and modernity

Boscoe and Geoffrey Holder’s paintings collapsed caller crushed depicting Black beauty

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose activity mixed campy and melancholy, has died aged 78

Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over nan Rhône returned to Arles aft 136 years

Tate head Maria Balshaw explained why she ‘still comes into activity emotion terrified’

Alvaro Barrington traced his way from a “little shack” to Tate’s Duveen Galleries

Gavin Jantjes said UK galleries utilized ‘stopgaps’ to diversify aft Black Lives Matter

Turner prize nominee Delaine Le Bas is battling Romany discrimination

Greece won an improbable state successful its run to retrieve nan Parthenon marbles

The French creator Ben, known for his ironic painted slogans, died aged 88, hours aft wife’s death

Masterpiece of nan week

The Transfiguration by Duccio, 1307 to 1311

 Duccio di Buoninsegna (1260-1318)
Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

This painting’s mysterious temper is much analyzable than it seems. It is instantly moving and powerful: you consciousness an soul calm erstwhile looking astatine it, arsenic if you’d entered a silent chapel aliases mood-altering creation installation. But why? Duccio is intelligibly influenced by Byzantine icons successful his heavenly usage of gold. Yet he besides has a new, subtle consciousness of space. Earlier medieval paintings don’t person immoderate emotion of extent astatine all: figures are lined up successful a level mess. Here, by contrast, nan stone connected which Christ and his disciples guidelines is painted pinch nan rudiments of perspective. They result look to beryllium dispersed retired successful a existent place, moreover if they do float disconnected nan crushed a bit. This poetic ambiguity, astatine erstwhile physically rooted and spiritually suggestive, is what makes nan creation of medieval Siena, wherever Duccio worked, truthful hauntingly beautiful.
National Gallery, London

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