Sensuality, apocalypse and map-making – the week in art

Colossal new Anselm Kiefer works arrive in London, while Juergen Teller curates the work of Robert Mapplethorpe – plus the rest of the week’s art happenings

Exhibition of the week

Anselm Kiefer
The most powerful artist of our time unveils colossal new paintings about mortality and the end of the world.
White Cube Bermondsey, London, 23 November-12 February

Also showing

Picasso on Paper
Last weeks for this survey of the rich and brilliant graphic works of the 20th century’s greatest artist.
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, until 11 December

Robert Mapplethorpe
Photographer Juergen Teller curates a selection of sensual images by this increasingly legendary artist.
Alison Jacques Gallery, London, until 7 January

James Ensor
The troubling and uncomfortable art of one of the spookiest modern painters.
Royal Academy, London, until 29 January

Drawing the Line
An investigation of how maps have shaped the modern world from imperial geography to Google.
British Library, London until 1st March

Masterpiece of the week

Unknown Swabian artist, Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer family, about 1470

Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family, ca 1470.
Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family, ca 1470. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The superbly detailed black fly that crawls across this woman’s white headdress is both a proof of the unknown German artist’s skill and a sinister suggestion of mortality and decay.
National Gallery, London

Image of the week

Nick Cave in Berlin.
Nick Cave in Berlin. Photograph: Bleddyn Butcher

Interviewed for our My Best Shot feature this week, Bleddyn Butcher told us about his lost weekend in Berlin with Nick Cave in 1985. “Back then, no one thought his career would last so long. The Birthday Party were viewed as a goth band: just tight pants and doomy music. That’s not what I heard in it, though, and I felt frustrated. I wanted to show there was more to Cave than a tough guy with incredible hair.”

What we learned this week

Newly discovered Van Gogh drawings aren’t by Van Gogh at all, says official museum …

… and the news has ushered in the post-truth phase of the art world

Helen Marten won the inaugural Hepworth prize for sculpture

The Design Museum’s inaugural exhibition features Grindr, Ikea and George Osborne’s wallpaper

A new performance art show explores touch – from tender to predatory

Jon McNaughton is summing up Trump’s America with his oil paintings

The new Gilbert Galleries at the V&A remind us of the divine – and profane – power of gold in the age of Trump

Adrian Searle had a relentlessly odd experience at Tino Sehgal’s show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

An ingenious folding bike helmet won the James Dyson design award

Claudio Rasano won the Taylor Wessing prize for portrait photography…

..… and we rounded up a few of the highlights from the exhibition his winning shot is featured in

Psychologist Darian Leader put artist Gavin Turk on the couch

The Turner prize should give up its age limit

Albanian prime minister Edi Rama is also a jobbing artist – with a new exhibition in New York

Nimrud was recaptured from Isis – here’s hoping their barbarism is consigned to history

Get involved

Book now for two Guardian members’ events: Night at the Museum, at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on 29 November, and Insider’s View of Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, at London’s Royal Academy on 20 January.

Our A-Z of Art series continues – share your art with the theme N for North Sea

And check out the entries we selected for the theme M for majesty

Don’t forget

To follow us on Twitter: @GdnArtandDesign


Jonathan Jones

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