Cash as canvas, Turner returns and footy gets fashionable – the week in art

An exhibition on money as protest art, the creativity of terrace culture in Merseyside and Frick Collection treasures visit the National – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the week

Art of the Terraces
Mark Leckey and more look at the subculture of soccer casuals.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 5 November-12 March

Also showing

Turner on Tour
Two majestic European scenes by JMW Turner on loan from New York’s Frick Collection.
National Gallery, London, until 19 February

A survey of how money has been altered or destroyed as protest and art, from the suffragettes to Banksy.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until 8 January

John Currin
The grotesque and beautiful intertwine in Currin’s perversions of Renaissance art.
Sadie Coles HQ, London, until 26 November

Amy Sherald
A restaging of the VE photo of a couple kissing in New York is among Sherald’s latest essays in portraiture and history.
Hauser & Wirth, London, until 23 December

Image of the week

White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times) by Andy Warhol, 1963.
White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times) by Andy Warhol, 1963. Photograph: Sotheby’s

Andy Warhol’s White Disaster (White Car Crash 19 Times) is expected to reach $80m when it goes to auction in New York later this month. The 12ft by 6ft screen-printed canvas, which is part of Warhol’s Death and Disaster series, has not been seen in public for 15 years. Experts say that the work’s elevation of a grisly accident is linked to the artist’s Catholicism and is intended to invoke awe and reverence.

What we learned

Francis Bacon nearly lost an eye after a drunken brawl with his lover

A man has been jailed after glueing his head to Girl with a Pearl Earring

The authenticity of a Vermeer painting has caused a transatlantic standoff

A painting by Mondrian has been hanging upside down for 75 years

New York photographer Saul Leiter’s unseen work has been unearthed

Australian painter Nicholas Harding and Norwegian artist Christopher Rådlund have died

A Rembrandt sketch described as a ‘crude imitation’ has been found to be genuine

The Head On photo festival has returned to Sydney

Masterpiece of the week

Execution of the Conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot (1606) by Claes Jansz Visscher.

Execution of the Conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot, 1606, by Claude Jansz Visscher
Remember, remember – as Britain’s Bonfire Night becomes gradually less of a Protestant ritual, this drawing connects us with its origins. The annual commemoration of the foiling of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot and arrest of Guy Fawkes in autumn 1605 was established by law the following January with the passing of the Observance of 5th November Act. This drawing shows the atmosphere of terror and violence in which this official festival was invented. Here some of the convicted plotters are dragged through the streets, hanged until nearly – but not quite – dead, then eviscerated and dismembered, their limbs and entrails thrown on a fire. This is a precise visual rendition of what it meant to “hanged, drawn and quartered” for high treason. Visscher doesn’t only show the details of this terrible rite but its popularity: a respectfully attentive crowd of well-dressed women and men watch, while children play amid the smoke and gore. Just like Bonfire Night.
British Museum

Don’t forget

To follow us on Twitter: @GdnArtandDesign.

Sign up to the Art Weekly newsletter

If you don’t already receive our regular roundup of art and design news via email, please sign up here.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or comments about any of our newsletters please email


Jonathan Jones

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Rembrandt smoulders, Turner blazes and gravity has a drink – the week in art
Turner sets January alight, India’s miniaturists create wonders, the third decade begins and Rembrandt’s embers feed the soul

Jonathan Jones

03, Jan, 2020 @10:57 AM

Article image
Banksy, Breughel’s boy and a house of Britain’s horrors – the week in art
The muralist hits Salford, peasant life comes to Birmingham’s Barber Institute and Somerset House gets with the Halloween ghost theme – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

21, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

Article image
Ori Gersht, David Shrigley and JMW Turner – the week in art

Jonathan Jones: Gersht's powerful new show uses film and photography to bear witness to the second world war, while a great British wit hits the Hayward – all in your weekly missive from the art frontline

Jonathan Jones

27, Jan, 2012 @2:49 PM

Article image
Turner’s turn-ons and Freud’s family affair – the week in art
The great landscape artist’s lesser known erotic art goes on show in London while Lucian Freud is at Sigmund’s house and Jay Jopling’s White Cube crew are off to the countryside

Jonathan Jones

08, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

Article image
Turner, dwarves and dogs in space – the week in art

Jonathan Jones: Tate Britain delves into the great painter's late abstract phase, as we take a tour a bizarre amusement park in China and revel in the Soviet pooches that became design heroes

Jonathan Jones

05, Sep, 2014 @12:07 PM

Article image
Renaissance cartoons and Turner's watercolours online – the week in art
The Serpentine and WeTransfer go immersive with a new online series, the Scottish National Gallery takes Turner digital and Jo Spence’s powerful photographs are part of a streaming tour

Jonathan Jones

29, Jan, 2021 @2:30 PM

Article image
Best friends, dark visions and wacky rococo – the week in art
Turner’s watercolours are unveiled once more in Edinburgh, while Beyond Caravaggio enters its final week – plus the rest of the week’s art happenings

Jonathan Jones

06, Jan, 2017 @2:48 PM

Article image
Cézanne bows out and Turner, Nash and co meander in Margate – the week in art
Iceland’s Ragnar Kjartansson brings Italian pop to Cardiff, ocean liners cruise into the V&A and the Ashmolean is simply divine – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

02, Feb, 2018 @2:11 PM

Article image
Electric Turner, a giant octopus and quantum photogravure – the week in art
Ray Harryhausen’s epic monsters, Cornelia Parker’s surreally beautiful afterimages and JMW Turner’s energy-infused observations of his contemporary life – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

23, Oct, 2020 @1:14 PM

Article image
Turner winners of the future, Mr Turner himself and our favourite dinosaur returns – the week in art
The ones to watch from the class of 22, Turner’s masterpieces get an immersive soundtrack and female printmakers take centre stage – all in your weekly dispatch

Jonathan Jones

09, Dec, 2022 @2:51 PM