A wave of Korean art, the sound of Turner and Freud goes to the races – the week in art

A wave of Korean art, the sound of Turner and Freud goes to the races – the week in art

Exhibition of the week

Hallyu! The Korean wave
Infectiously daring examination of South Korea’s pop culture that also manages to squeeze in some solid history. Read our five-star review.
• V&A, London, from 24 September

Also shows

William Kentridge
Overview of the supreme and restless South African artist, theater and opera creator and radical. Read our review.
• Royal Academy, London, 24 September-11. December

Marina Abramović: Gates and portals
An Abramović event without the renowned performance artist, who has been replaced by volunteers trained in her “Method”.
• Modern Art Oxford, 24 September-5. March

Dark Waters: JMW Turner with Lamin Fonfana
Does the great and radical romantic painter need a soundtrack? Tate Liverpool thinks so.
• Tate Liverpool, from 27 September

Horses and Freud
A celebration of Lucian Freud’s passion for weed, including relics from his gambling.
• Ordovas, London, 27 September-16. December

Picture of the week

Francis Bacon, known for his brutally visceral paintings of screaming popes and writhing figures, also worked in London as an interior designer. Rare items from that time – including his rugs, less stained paintings and this plate/palette – are now up for auction. Read the full article.

What we learned

Brad Pitt’s sculptures, yes his sculptures, are on display…and they’re not terrible!

A giant See Monster has landed in Weston-super-Mare

Sex Pistols ephemera was a direct influence on the YBAs

A 21,450-page book has gone on sale – the longest volume in the world – and it’s unreadable

Jim Moir has retired his Vic Reeves character to concentrate on painting people fighting in dinghies

It’s a battle to preserve outsider artist Ron Gittins’ art-renovated home

Superstar set designer Es Devlin lies awake thinking about Debenhams

King Charles’ attention to British architecture achieved nothing

Potter and painter Derek Andrews and ‘last impressionist’ Ken Howard have died

Masterpiece of the week

Dhratarastra, Guardian-King of the North, of Joseon Dynasty Korea, 1796-1820
This painting on linen is a wonderfully powerful, almost blooming vision of a fierce being flamboyantly dressed in red and black, warning against intruders to a Buddhist temple. You can see how Korean art in past centuries creatively blended with Buddhist styles from neighboring China and Japan. Yet the tough Guardian-King plays a lute, its gentle harmonies hinting at his softer side. Korea’s traditional art is supremely spiritual and civilized, expressing Buddhist values ​​in symmetrical, ethereal ceramics and gilded manuscripts as well as this distinctive image.
• British Museum, London

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