Frieze, phones and avant garde fashion – the week in art

The Frieze art fair is in full swing in Regent’s Park, Martin Boyce is on the blower in Glasgow and Lucy McKenzie is playing tricks on the eye in Liverpool – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the week

Lucy McKenzie
A retrospective of the Glasgow-born artist’s architectural paintings and forays into avant garde fashion.
Tate Liverpool, from 20 October to 13 March

Also showing

Karlo Kacharava
Seductive and strange gothic paintings by this gifted Georgian artist who died young in 1994.
Modern Art Helmet Row, London, until 17 December

Martin Boyce
Telephones stuck eerily to abstract paintings haunt the Turner-winner’s latest delve into modern discomfort.
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, until 23 October

Ekene Stanley Emecheta
Paintings that explore the lives of a fictional family by this self-taught artist.
Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London, from 16 October to 14 November

The Gaze
A group show inspired by the sensitive eyes of Moroni’s portrait The Tailor in the National Gallery, with Sunil Gupta, Cary Kwok, Florian Hetz and many more.
TJ Boulting, London, from 15 October to 20 November

Image of the week

frieze art fair

The Frieze art fair is back on in Regent’s Park, London, for the first time since the pandemic began. We sent Guardian photographer Sarah Lee to do some people watching, and you can see more of her snaps of the art-lovers here, and read our review of the fair here.

What we learned

Tacita Dean is part of a Divine Comedy

A Swedish town is making buildings out of plywood

A Benin bronze is being returned to Nigeria

A bust by the first female black American to work as a professional sculptor is marking Black History Month

and a statue of pioneering MP Barbara Castle has joined recent memorials to prominent British women

Critics cast doubt on the photo of Boris Johsnon easel painting at his holiday villa

The Imperial War Museum London’s Holocaust Galleries lay bare history’s greatest horror

Coventry’s year as city of culture is highlighting its resilience

Spanish art has found a new home in Bishop Auckland

Norway’s Sámi people have asked Denmark’s national museum to return a sacred object seized in a witchcraft trial

Melbourne artists fear the city’s creative heart is threatened

while the growth of online exhibitions is a worry for some real-world galleries

The Whitney in New York is celebrating the forgotten women of abstract art

while the V&A in London will celebrate men’s fashion style

Melbourne artists fear the city’s creative heart is threatened

Anicka Yi’s floating pod creatures have invaded Tate Modern in London

and street artist Fin DAC’s giant Frida Kahlo mural is coming to Britain

Banksy reached a personal best with the auction of his part-shredded artwork

Photographer Mark Simmons captured the maverick spirit of the 90s Bristol music scene

Painter Laura Knight lived a life less ordinary

Poussin’s frozen ballet is the greatest in art

while the documentary Raphael Revealed is a superb motivator to get to the National Gallery’s blockbuster show in London next year

Sutapa Biswas wants viewers to feel uncomfortable

Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung had a gift for line and texture

Artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings are looking at feminism and the political right

Kingston University’s Town House is officially the UK’s best new building

Artists are taking on the Beano

Eighteenth-century air from the Antarctic is on display in Glasgow

Architectural photographer Hélène Binet creates universes for the imagination

and postwar architecture is being reconsidered

A Palestinian refugee camp is seeking Unesco world heritage status

Australia celebrated good design

Photographer Polly Alderton published her lockdown family gallery

while Bruce Gilden showed brutal intimacy in Tokyo

Charles Traub spotted a lemon at a Miami car dealership

… and the rides began at Hull fair

Vintage Aeroflot posters and images take off in a new book

Barack Obama’s photographic iconography obscured his omissions

Tattoos are more than body art

The Observer’s competition for aspiring cartoonists and graphic novelists has been launched

Louis Wain’s anthropomorphic cats will spring up at London’s Bethlem museum

The architect Stanley Amis has died aged 97

Masterpiece of the week

Venus and the Lute Player, circa 1565-70. Artist Titian. (Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images/Getty Images) Masterpiece of the week, Art weekly

Titian: Venus and Cupid with a Lute Player, c 1555-65
A photo cannot do justice to this painting – you have to be there in the gallery to get an eyeful of molten colour, a cloud of iridescent life as the goddess Venus imposes her existence on the space around her. Titian’s ability to make bodies real is beyond explanation. Technically it seems simple enough – his use of oil paint on canvas in luscious layers lets him capture the human form with delicate spontaneity. But there’s a magic in his brush that no other painter has ever rivalled. Yes, this is a female nude. But is she objectified? We look at her in awe, sharing the lute player’s reverent amazement at this incarnation of the divine.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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