Peter Blake gets Llareggub, the Boyle family goes fishing and Kent catches new stars – the week in the arts | art and design

Exhibition of the week

Peter Blake
Delicate artwork for Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood by the godfather of pop art.
Waddington Custot, London, from June 11 to July 23.

Also on display

To go fishing
The Boyle Family’s eerie real-life art meets John Latham’s maverick experiments.
Flat Time House, London, from June 16 to July 17.

Lucy Wertheim
A celebration of the collector, patron and gallery owner who was central to British art in the 1930s.
Towner Eastbourne from June 11 to September 25.

Whitstable Biennale
A week of art in this seaside town with participants such as Nicole Bachmann, Patrick Flannery Walker, Ruth Waters, Sarah Craske and Savinder Bual.
Various locations from 11 to 19 June.

Peter Saul
Visceral splashes of cartoonish fun by the veteran American painter.
Michael Werner through the summer.

Image of the week

‘All the people in her work have backstories, alibis and dramas’… detail from Angel (1998), by Paula Rego. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro

Tributes have been paid around the world to the influential Portuguese artist Paula Rego, who died this week at the age of 87. She is recognized as one of the art’s greatest storytellers, and her deeply rooted, disturbing works were often inspired by folklore. She lived in London for a long time and became Dame in 2010. Read the full story here.

What we learned

Antony Gormley becomes German citizen after ‘tragedy’ Brexit

AI generates art

Thieves stole Banksy’s Bataclan mural with crowbar, court was told

Tommy Kwak Photographed Miami’s Ornate Lifeguard Towers

William Morris’s wife was painted from within the Arts and Crafts movement

Goya’s gruesome Black Paintings have been brought to life

Theaster Gates has punched a hole in the roof of its Black Chapel

American artist Deborah Roberts was furious about the Child Q story

Artists have changed our image of the Queen

The popularity of anti-slavery art is being challenged in New York

Masterpiece of the week

Surprised!  by Henri Rousseau
Photo: The National Gallery Photographic Department/The National Gallery, London

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The ‘jungle’ in this painting is there to give shape to the colors in Rousseau’s head. It is an abstract creation, an exuberant dance of green and red and spherical, tubular geometries, all created by an act of will rather than observation. This was revolutionary in 1891, when artists were expected to study nature closely rather than fly into their own heads. But Rousseau was a ‘naive’, untrained artist, and other modernists laughed at his innocent nature. It is notorious that a banquet for him in Picasso’s studio was more for mocking than celebrating this part-time painter. He has the last laugh in this immortal masterpiece. The crazy look of the tiger, the glitter of foliage in the electricity of a storm, the rubbery textures of leaves, all add to the hallucinatory magic. It is art for all, adult or child, a vision that will never date.
National Gallery, London.

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