Lightning bolts, smart toilets and radical pottery – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
A unique cache of drawings by one of the world’s best-loved artists offers a closer look at the genius who created the Great Wave.
British Museum, London, from 30 September

Also showing

Turner Prize
Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical, Black Obsidian Sound System, Array Collective and Project Art Work are the nominees for this year’s all-collective Turner.
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, 29 September to 12 January

A mammoth survey of the great Japanese American modernist sculptor.
The Barbican, London, 30 September to 9 January

Gold of the Great Steppe
An entrancing encounter with the nomadic peoples of east Kazakhstan around 2,700 years ago.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, from 28 September to 30 January

Theaster Gates
Art and ideas are flung together on the potter’s wheel by the radical Chicago artist in this exhibition about the uses of clay.
Whitechapel Gallery, London, 29 September to 9 January

Image of the week

Untitled (mask 2), 2020, by Michael Craig-Martin
Artist Michael Craig-Martin’s ongoing project to paint everyday objects in minimal style has embraced the ephemera of the pandemic, as revealed in his latest exhibition.

What we learned

… and black UK artists have been energised by the Black Lives Matter movement

… and Greenwich’s Design District is open for business

… and neon flickers back to life in Wakefield

… while another film shows how Picture Post photojournalism changed Britain

… meanwhile, the British Rail logo’s green makeover is “a mess”

Masterpiece of the week

The Louvre Under Snow, 1902, by Camille Pissarro
You can see the echoes of Japanese prints by Hokusai and his contemporaries in this Impressionist picture of the floating world. Pissarro’s brush alights on the passing beauty of a winter white-out, observing central Paris from an apartment he rented for its great view of the Seine. The cinematic way he frames the scene, the sense of ephemerality and immediacy, even the joy in winter as a beautiful season all speak of Pissarro’s debts to Hokusai. He shares this enthusiasm with Van Gogh, Whistler and Monet. Japanese art hit Europe’s avant garde in the the 19th century like a great wave.
National Gallery, London

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