Exhibition of the week
Gilbert and George: The New Normal Pictures
Psychedelic hallucinations of the London streets in lockdown that capture the sheer strangeness of our time.
• White Cube online from 2 March (and later at White Cube Mason’s Yard)
Calm yourself with this virtual visit to an abstract group show of mellowing, richly textured sculpture and painting by artists including Mark Handforth, Sarah Rapson and Phillip Lai.
• Modern Art online until 11 April
Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Immersive digital landscapes on the frontier between romantic nature and video games.
• Serpentine Galleries online until 31 May
Rothko Chapel Anniversary Service
It’s 50 years since Mark Rothko’s vision of a chapel shaped around his abstract art was fulfilled in Houston, Texas. This inter-faith anniversary event includes Sufi dancing.
• Rothko Chapel livestreaming 28 February, 2-4pm
The Chevalier d’Éon
Explore the story of the Chevalier d’Éon, who lived both as a man and woman in 18th-century Europe in this online gallery.
• British Museum online
Image of the week
Scène de rue à Montmartre by Vincent van Gogh has been part of the same French family’s private collection for more than a century, but is now about to go on public display for the first time. It is part of a rare series depicting the celebrated Moulin de la Galette, and was painted in 1887 during the two years the Dutch artist spent sharing an apartment in Paris with his brother Theo. It will be exhibited in London, Amsterdam and Paris before being sold by Sotheby’s in March when it is expected to fetch between €5m (£4.3m) and €8m. Read more here.
What we learned
Masterpiece of the week
Marriage A-la-Mode: 6, The Lady’s Death, about 1743, by William Hogarth
This is the squalid conclusion to Hogarth’s tragicomic series of modern history paintings that tell of a loveless arranged marriage in 18th-century high society. The City of London merchant who hoped to make it into the upper echelons by marrying his daughter to a decadent aristocrat removes her ring after her suicide back in his miserly home overlooking the grey Thames. Her orphaned child suffers from hereditary syphilis. A dog tugs at a sow’s ear that’s been proverbially exchanged for a silk purse. The art on the walls is Dutch and homely, reflecting the merchant’s dry worldliness. It’s a novel come to life on the gallery wall, by the first artist to capture the laughter and tears of London.
• National Gallery, London
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