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Girl gangs, scrotums and the Richard Hamilton invasion – the week in art

February 8, 2014

Jonathan Jones,

Exhibition of the week

Richard HamiltonThis is an ambitious survey of the great British artist, who died in 2011. Alongside Hamilton's retrospective at Tate Modern, two of his radical installations of the 1950s will be recreated at the ICA and his experiments in printmaking are celebrated at the Alan Cristea Gallery. Does he deserve this fuss? For sure. Hamilton was an outstanding shaper and observer of the modern age. He is best known as the father of pop art, but this was just the beginning. Hamilton remade the works of Marcel Duchamp and helped make this subversive artist famous, as well as creating modern history paintings that are cool, enigmatic and deeply disconcerting Swingeing London 67 preserves forever the dark side of the 1960s just as his Northern Ireland paintings will always be potent documents of the Troubles. Hamilton is a modern master. Tate Modern, London SE1, from 13 February until 26 May.

Other exhibitions this week

Quentin BlakeThe man who drew Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and has helped to shape modern British childhood gets a very well-deserved museum show. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge CB2, from 12 February until 12 May.

Hannah RickardsLandscape is translated by Rickards into descriptions of storms and other natural phenomena as she conceptualises intense experiences of space and time. Modern Art Oxford, Oxford OX1, from 15 February until 21 April.

Stanley SpencerIn case you didn't know, it's a century since the first world war started, and this exhibiiton examines how one of Britain's best-loved artists responded to its horrors. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester PO19, from 15 February until 15 June.

David BatchelorThis stylish urban colourist pays homage to Brazilian art with his Concretos. New Art Centre, Salisbury SP5, from 8 February until 16 March.

Masterpiece of the week

Richard Hamilton The Citizen, 1981-3This picture of an IRA hunger striker is one the most uneasily powerful of all modern history paintings. Taking a genre associated with grand 19th-century paintings of battles, Hamilton introduces both eerily religious qualities and a queasy obsession with the lower functions of the body. It is an altarpiece to anger and shit. Tate part of the Hamilton retrospective.

Image of the weekWhat we learned this week

How cool the biker girl gangs of Morocco look

Why Petr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to Red Square

That the fourth plinth is about to get a giant thumbs up and a skeletal horse

That robots are about to start roaming Tate Britain ...

... And what it foretells about the galleries of the future

What David Bailey's best portraits are

And what we thought of his new mega-show Stardust which he curated himself

That you can now head on a magical metal mystery tour in London, courtesy of Richard Deacon

That Richard Hamilton was also a trailblazer in the social networking world

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Source: Guardian Web

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