Harland Miller’s dreams, Ken Kiff’s sensuality and the magic of Gainsborough – the week in art | art and design

Exhibition of the week Harland Miller: Imminent End, Rescheduled EternallyPaintings of book covers that evoke the reveries of readers who dream of writing. White Cube Bermondsey, London, until 22 January. Also showing Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and RopeA surreal woven world by one of Poland’s most significant modern artists. Tate Modern, London, until … Read more

Alexander the Great review – cultural treasures reduced to the status of comics | Art and design

The problem with the British Library’s ultimately maddening trawl through medieval and modern images of Alexander the Great is there in the show’s subtitle. The Making of a Myth sounds innocent until you discover they literally mean it. This exhibition takes such a thoroughly postmodern view of history that it tries to convince you the … Read more

Maria Bartuszová: an artist of the fragile who was anything but | art and design

HASta time when the art world is attempting to rewrite a history that has largely benefited male artists, Tate Modern is staging a show of work by Slovak sculptor Maria Bartuszová (1936–1996). Her unique biomorphic casts touch on big themes such as belonging, growth and infinity. Bartuszová worked outside the traditional centers of contemporary art, … Read more

Eleven Burning Man 2022 installations that showcase deep-desert design

Eleven Burning Man 2022 installations that showcase deep-desert design

A bulbous sculpture by architects Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange, an ornate temple and a walkway made of recycled ocean plastic were featured at the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of western Nevada. Taking place on-site for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which it occurred … Read more

‘It’s impossible for me to say whether or not he was evil’: artist Lene Berg on her killer father | art and design

Ina darkened room at the Kunsthall museum in Bergen, visitors can stretch out on a beanbag below a speaker and eavesdrop on a nine-year-old girl talking to her mother at bedtime. “Is Dad evil, Mum?” the girl’s disembodied voice asks. Bedsheets rustle with impatience as the mother fails to conclusively answer her question. “Is Dad … Read more

‘It’s artwashing’: can galleries wean themselves off Russian oligarch loot? | art and design

Ias of December in Moscow, dozens of international art world luminaries stepped out of the snow and into the vast, pristine galleries of GES-2, a new art centre. Located in a converted power station just a short walk from the Kremlin, the institution was funded by oligarch Leonid Mikhelson’s VAC Foundation. The westerners weren’t its … Read more

Ukraine’s best loved artist: ‘Once again a symbol of survival in the midst of a dictator’s war’ | art and design

ATt the 1937 International Exposition in Paris, two colossal pavilions faced each other down. One was Hitler’s Germany, crowned with a Nazi eagle. The other was Stalin’s Soviet Union, crowned with a statue of a worker and a peasant holding hands. It was a symbolic clash at a moment when right and left were fighting … Read more