Tacita Dean's triple threat and a meaty display of Francis Bacon – the week in art

Dean gets set for exhibitions at two national galleries, Edinburgh serves up important paintings by Bacon and Tate Modern pays tribute to boundary-breaking performance artist Joan Jonas – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the Week

Tacita Dean
Not one but two national galleries (with the RA joining in later in the spring) celebrate this intelligent and poetic British artist.
National Gallery, London, 15 March to 28 May; National Portrait Gallery, London, 15 March to 28 May.

Also showing

Joan Jonas

Double Lunar Rabbits, 2010, video still, by Joan Jonas.
Double Lunar Rabbits, 2010, video still, by Joan Jonas. Photograph: Courtesy of the artist/Tate Modern

This boundary-breaking pioneer of performance and video gets a retrospective of her feminist vision.
Tate Modern, London, 14 March to 5 August.

Ten Days Six Nights
Alongside her retrospective, Jonas is celebrated in this year’s Tate Live festival.
Tate Modern, London, 16-25 March.

A Revolutionary Legacy: Haiti and Toussaint Louverture
Small but moving tribute to the Black Jacobins leader Toussaint Louverture, who fought for freedom in early 19th-century Haiti and inspired artists from William Blake to Jacob Lawrence.
British Museum, London, until 22 April.

Francis Bacon
A meaty display of one of the most powerful and memorable of all British (or Irish?) artists.
Modern One, Edinburgh, until 30 May.

Masterpiece of the week

Louis-Auguste Schwiter by Delacroix

Portrait of Louis-Auguste Schwiter, 1826-30, by Eugène Delacroix
This gorgeous portrait shows off the magic touch Delacroix had as a colourist in a wonderfully subtle way. Delacroix is not famous for understatement. He was the archetypal painter of French romanticism. His big paintings in the Louvre such as The Death of Sardanapalus, Women of Algiers and The Massacre at Chios tremble with sex, violence and horror. These over the top scenes with their sensuous use of colour fascinated modern pioneers such as Cézanne and Degas (who owned this painting). Yet here Delacroix plays it quiet. An elegant Schwiter stands in black, against a dark landscape. Only isolated touches of vibrant colour animate him – a glistening blue vase, the red silk inside his hat – yet the effect is brilliant. This is a portrait set alight by a dash of painterly genius.
National Gallery, London.

What we learned this week

Tate artist in residence quits, claiming gallery is failing women

Frida Kahlo’s intimate belongings go on display at the V&A

Photography legend Joel Meyerowitz: phones killed the sexiness of the street …

… Plus a gallery of his finest shots, from Ground Zero to Florida in the 1960s

Balkrishna Doshi, 90, wins Pritzker prize for architecture

Obituary of architect David Shalev, behind Tate St Ives

Galeries Lafayette heir joins French tycoons in opening art foundation

Great shots: photos of Bobby Moore go on display at National Portrait Gallery

Chunk of London housing estate to star at architecture festival

Jonathan Jones loves Sondra Perry’s Typhoon but finds Ian Cheng’s AI merely soulless – review

Adrian Searle on Picasso 1932 – horror and beauty collide in Pablo’s fastest, wildest year – review

All Too Human review – flesh in the game of British painting

Yto Barrada’s best photograph: the prawn factory where women can’t talk

Africa Is No Island – photo essay

Lava, yaks and frogs: the Smithsonian magazine photo contest – in pictures

Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 – in pictures

Selling alcohol and tobacco to the masses – in pictures

Cities, deconstructed: Hatakeyama’s offbeat urban visions – in pictures

Cartoonist Simone Lia on art critics

Don’t forget

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