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Buzz Aldrin's selfie and a bonsai tree in space – the week in art

July 26, 2014

Jonathan Jones,

Exhibition of the week

Edinburgh art festivalThis energetic art festival once again brings commissions, exhibitions and projects to venues all over Edinburgh. This year explores global art, as Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games. Shilpa Gupta, Shannon Te Ao and Emma Rushton are among the artists in Where Do I End and You Begin, a large international group show at the City Art Centre that is the festival's central focus. Various venues, from 31 July to 31 August. Where Do I End and You Begin is at City Art Centre, Edinburgh, from 1 August until 19 October.

Other exhibitions this week

Craig CoulthardDrones and bagpipes feature in Coulthard's film installation in Edinburgh's secret gothic treasure, Trinity Apse a medieval chapel hidden near the High Street. Trinity Apse, Edinburgh, from 31 July until 31 August.

American ImpressionismThis survey of Americans who painted in France and joined the avant garde in the 19th century is full of radical talent, including the pioneering woman artist Mary Cassatt and the brilliant, sly John Singer Sargent. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh until 19 October.

Roderick BuchananPerformance artwork about the Scottish Enlightenment thinker Thomas Muir is exhibited in a former accountants' office. Randolph House, Edinburgh, from 31 July until 8 August.

Slow LearnerSuch estimable artists as Susan Hiller, Marcel Broodthaers, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner feature in this summer group show. Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, from 1 August until 23 August

Masterpiece of the week

El Greco An Allegory (FÀbula) (c1580-85)Three figures gather around a pale flame. The boy lighting the candle and a man looking on are joined by a monkey. All three are fascinated by that ethereal light. It draws them out of their darkness. Is it the light of divine truth? El Greco is, after all, a deeply religious artist. Yet this light attracts not only a boy and man but a primate that seems to share for a moment in human emotions and thoughts.

National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Image of the weekWhat we learned this week

Who really took the world's first selfies

That the V&A's subversive new show, Disobedient Objects, is full of unlikely protest designs from blow-up cobblestones to tiki love trucks and dwarf hats

What the earliest ever colour photography from Russia is like

That Ivan Chermayeff is the genius behind the world's most iconic logos

That an artist has sent a bonsai tree into space

The 10 best artists lost in the first world war

That the fight over the Olympic cauldron design has been settled out of court ...

... And why it's a milestone for designers all over the world

Why Scott King is creating his own version of American Vogue

That the curse of Tutankhamun is back ... in Oxford

And how "Tutmania" struck the world in the 1920s, from magic acts to romance novels

That Damien Hirst's "Saatchi gallery" will open in spring next year

Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence

How disgruntled developers are trying to Hack the Art World

Why Hawaii's waves are the world's most spectacular

And finally ...

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