An everyday archive and a virtual trip to Rembrandt's Amsterdam – the week in art

Socially distanced exhibition slots are available for Ella Kruglyanskaya and Jim Dine, while online offerings include Amazonian artist Abel Rodriguez – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the week

Unquiet Moments
If the slower world of lockdown has led you to contemplate the ordinary more closely, this online exhibition may strike a chord. Curated by Courtauld students, it creates an alternative archive of the everyday featuring artists including Rembrandt, Sunil Gupta and Karl Ohiri.
Somerset House and Courtauld online

Also showing

Ella Kruglyanskaya
Cartoon-style figuration and rollicking references to the history of art make it worth booking a slot to visit this politicised painter’s gallery show.
Thomas Dane Gallery, London until 24 July

Jim Dine
You can book a socially distanced slot to see big, intensely incised and coloured new prints by this major American artist.
Cristea Roberts, London until 1 July

Young Rembrandt
Take a virtual trip to 17th century Leiden and Amsterdam to see how Rembrandt found his genius.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Abel Rodriguez
It’s worth an online visit to this exhibition by an Amazonian artist whose memories and local botanical knowledge give a movingly intimate perspective to his rainforest scenes.
• On the Baltic+ website

Image of the week

Handout photograph released by Arthur Brand on 18 June 2020 shows the stolen painting by Vincent van Gogh called “Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring”

‘Proof of life’: Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring, by Vincent van Gogh
Photographs were released this week by Dutch art investigator Arthur Brand – taken on an unknown date and at an undisclosed location – that appear to show an 1884 painting by Vincent van Gogh that was stolen in March from the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam. In one, the painting is shown alongside a copy of the 30 May 2020 international edition of the New York Times newspaper. Another picture shows a label on the rear of the artwork, apparently underlining its authenticity. It is speculated the images were circulating in organised crime circles.

What we learned

Debate rages over the fate of colonial-era public statues

… and the UK’s Houses of Parliament is reassessing its art collection in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests

From Italy to Madagascar, the rest of the world is spending to protect the arts sector

A fictional portrait of Jo and Edward Hopper won the Walter Scott prize

Activist street art is springing up all over Glasgow

The Women’s Engineering Society has its work cut out 100 years on

Margaret Howell took the long route to becoming a national treasure

Big-thinking designer Yinka Ilori says architecture is for everyone

Christie’s has withdrawn four “looted” ancient treasures

A Van Gogh letter about a brothel visit sold for €210,000

Britains’s Silicon Valley could take shape on Teesside

Photographer Jenny van Sommer has gone bananas during lockdown

Tracey Emin says her cousin’s Covid-19 death has changed her

RIBA president Alan Jones has been reinstated

Artists have created inspirational lockdown poster messages for the NHS

The first virtual Photo Basel art show featured melted cars and a stampeding dinosaur

We looked at Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker’s early images

Our daily art quiz came from the Horniman museum, Towner Eastbourne, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and the V&A

Tony Cash was a terrifically fun arts broadcaster

Masterpiece of the week

The Queen of the Night, Old Babylonian, c 1800-1700BC

The Queen of the Night.

The name of this enigmatic being is a modern reference to Mozart’s Magic Flute – and it does seem to fit. With staring owls beside her, demonic wings and a boldly naked body, this ancient Babylonian entity is an erotic nocturnal power. This work of art would have given Freud some fun. It reveals that Babylonian myth was rampantly imaginative, sensual and spooky – and perhaps that Babylon invented the “classical” art nude long before the ancient Greeks.
British Museum, London

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