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Folkestone turns gold and Edvard Munch’s selfies – the week in art

Public artwork of the week

Stefan Brüggemann’s OK (Untitled Action)
Are we all going to be “OK”? The Mexican artist has sprayed a three-storey building in Folkestone gold, before scrawling the two-letter word across it, graffiti-style – a response, he says, to our current situation under lockdown.  Creative Quarter, Folkestone

Also showing

The Munch Museum
Feel like screaming? The Munch museum is debuting its digital platform The Experimental Self, which lets visitors explore the Norwegian artist’s experimental photography – including his groundbreaking selfies.
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

Rachel Rose: Lake Valley at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Transport yourself outside your four walls with the American visual artist’s Lake Valley, a mind-bending animated collage comprising illustrations from old children’s books.
Watch the animation here

The national museum of the Netherlands reopens from 1 June and has extended its popular Caravaggio-Bernini exhibition until mid-September.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Martin Creed’s Take the Plunge
The Turner prize-winning artist’s new video work is a short, quirky affair featuring some dazzlingly bright purple tartan trousers.
Watch it here

Image of the week

Giant kookaburra built during lockdown in Australia takes ‘flight’ – video

Kookaburra, by Farvardin Daliri
And there you were thinking mastering sourdough was some kind of lockdown achievement. Australian artist and academic Farvardin Daliri used his downtime to build a mobile 750kg kookaburra, which has been entertaining people in Brisbane, where it put in an appearance this week. Made of interlocking steel circles and a fibreglass beak, Daliri’s big bird also has the ability to laugh, thanks to a custom-built sound system. “People just adore it,” he said. He plans to drive it up the Queensland coast for the Townsville cultural festival in August.

What we learned

Galleries across continental Europe are starting to reopen

The Turner prize is cancelled – but artists will get £10k bursaries 

Nick Burton’s new comic updates a historical plague story for Covid times

All about the astonishingly lifelike ‘reborn’ dolls, created by artists to resemble real babies

Gary Green was there when New York’s sweaty, trashy, late-70s punk scene had its moment

Ai Weiwei has designed 10,000 face masks for coronavirus charities, to be sold on eBay

Ai Weiwei charity face masks.

Ai Weiwei charity face masks. Photograph: Eric Gregory Powell

How the world’s cities could look in the aftermath of the coronavirus

How culture has been hit by Covid-19, according to the National Theatre boss and Tate Gallery director

A French photographer has been taking in the wonders of the Soviet roadside revolution

Why people are demanding a retrospective for this Scottish “painter of stirring genius”

Fields Under Snow (1958) by Joan Eardley.

Fields Under Snow (1958) by Joan Eardley. Photograph: Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016

Who some of the world’s stylish men are …

… and how Slim Aarons art-directed poolside fashion this year

How rule-breaking theatrical outfit Forest Fringe have created a joyful DIY theatre kit

What the world of American crime looked like in 1957

Meanwhile the great British art quiz visited Hull, Stoke-on-Trent, Orkney and Falmouth

We remembered Richard Hughes, the British architect who designed hundreds of buildings in east Africa

Masterpiece of the week

Ominous … Edward Ruscha’s Standard Station (1966).

Ominous … Edward Ruscha’s Standard Station (1966). Photograph: Ed Ruscha. Reproduced by permission of the artist

Edward Ruscha – Standard Station (1966)
The station’s gas pumps sit untouched. Ruscha fell in love with these outposts while driving through the deserts on the road trips he took as a young man in a battered car – the only human thing you might see for miles. Today, the pumps are quiet once more, with nowhere for people to travel (unless your eyes are so bad you have to dash to Barnard Castle) and certainly no desire to touch dirty metal surfaces unless you have to. The sky burns beautifully in the background of Ruscha’s painting, but also ominously. If we’re to stop buildings catching fire – as depicted in other Ruscha works – we might think about keeping those pumps untouched once this current crisis is all over.

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