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A new bridge for London and a trampoline funland in Wales – the week in art

June 28, 2014

Jonathan Jones, theguardian.com



Exhibition of the week

Radical GeometryHÉlio Oiticica and Lygia Clark are among the important artists examined in this survey of modernism in South America, featuring works from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros collection. A chance to see some genuinely revolutionary art. Royal Academy, London W1J from 5 July until 28 September

Other exhibitions this week

Lucy SkaerThe surrealist artist Leonora Carrington is remembered in a group of works that include a film of her in her last years, a table inlaid with a bejewelled hand, and photographs of her home in Mexico. Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow until 25 January

John RuskinThis exhibition looks at the powerful drawings of the great Victorian art critic who championed Turner, praised the Gothic, and fought against industrial capitalism. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh from 4 July until 28 September

MirrorThe excellent Fiona Banner participates in this show about contemporary portraiture along with Margaux Williamson, Victor Man and Mohamed Bourouissa. Frith Street Gallery, London W1F from 4 July until 6 August

Moyna FlanniganCrazy, imaginative paintings play on the theme of Adam and Eve in this entertaining and erotic show. GoMA, Glasgow until 2 November

Masterpiece of the week

The world of the Aztecs comes to sinister life in this eerie mythic work of art. The turquoise body of the double-headed serpent has a cold beauty. Aztec religion was totally lacking in humanist pity, and called for human sacrifices to appease gods who were as powerful and terrible as this strange image.

Image of the weekWhat we learned this week

That this summer's Serpentine pavilion looks looks like it was made by a giant skimming stones

What the complete history of the nude in photography looks like

That London'sGarden Bridge a forest across the Thames being pushed through by Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley and its designer Thomas Heatherwick feels like "pulling off a crime"

That Larry Clark is turning his controversial photos of teenage debauchery into a line of T-shirts

What the death of Kodak Town, aka Rochester in New York, looks like now

That a trampoline funland is opening in a Welsh cave this summer ... and it looks like pure art

That a new mega-show has opened in galleries all over Scotland and it's got a Parlimant of Funk, free guitars and Zinedine Zidane

That a new retrospective of Jeff Koons has balloon dogs, poodles and a creepy statue of Michael Jackson with Bubbles but is surprisingly tame

and what 35 years in the world of Jeff Koons looks like

That Dennis Hopper's photographs show life in the Easy Rider days

Which are the 10 best and naffest animal portraits of all time

How one woman turned her grief over her mother's death into pictures, by photographing every belonging she left behind

That Will Cotton makes art strictly out of sweets and candyfloss

And finally

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