A Picasso-Pollock mashup and Dalí's Hollywood haunts – the week in art

Jonathan Jones
A Picasso-Pollock mashup and Dalí's Hollywood haunts – the week in art. Alex Israel enters the surrealist’s ghostly head, Art & Language put their spin on art history, and Susan Hiller flips a coin to start her London Jukebox – all in your weekly dispatch

Exhibition of the week

Art & Language
The conceptual art pioneers merge Picasso’s Guernica with Jackson Pollock’s drips in a provocative visual “essay” on the history of modern art.
Sprovieri Gallery, London, from 17 January until 13 March.

Also showing

Alex Israel
It’s as if the ghost of Salvador Dalí is haunting Hollywood (where the Catalan surrealist did some delirious work in the 1940s) in Israel’s self-portraits of his head full of hyperreal California scenes.
Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, London, from 16 January to 14 March.

Illuminating the Self
Artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie work with Newcastle University scientists to reveal the mysteries of the human mind.
Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, from 18 January to 19 May.

Susan Hiller
London’s drowning … listen to 70 old songs about the capital in a jukebox installation by an artist whose eerie work suits this archaeological site.
Bloomberg Space, London, from 22 January to 11 July.

Lesley Foxcroft
Minimalist installations that suit a purgative January mood.
Annely Juda Fine Art, London, until 22 February.

Image of the week

Monument #32: Helter Shelter by Callum Morton
The US president’s head has surfaced in Australia. The sculpture-cum-thinking space has been touring the country, and found its latest home in Ballarat, Victoria – and is proving a confrontational hit with visitors stopping to peek inside.

What we learned

Antony Gormley is branching out into K-pop art

Futurist Tullio Crali saw humanity in the future

Don’t go to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel – go to Goring

Rem Koolhaas has gone back to school in Brighton

Construction firm John Laing’s photo archive reveals the building of modern Britain

… while our Cities team made the case for reusable building materials and a low-tech future

Cecily Brown will explore broken Britain at Blenheim Palace

while art lovers heading for Ickworth will be left in the dark

Australia’s artists are forging a new politics

Architect Daniel Libeskind found inspiration on his honeymoon

César Manrique explained how he transformed Lanzarote

Yinka Shonibare sees an African artistic renaissance

Lindsay Seers uses VR to conjure a nightmare of elderly care

US artists have entered the debate on reproductive rights

Nadav Kander is celebrating 30 years of portraiture

Gus Powell charted his family’s progress through life, death and car trouble

Bruce Davidson saw a spark of new life in 60s Britain

Ezra Acayan saw a new Philippines – through a layer of ash

Nazi-looted French masterpieces are going to auction

Lucian Freud’s Self-Portrait is the latest exhibition to be explored on screen

We remembered the philosopher and aesthetic critic Roger Scruton

How New York-based artist Darren Bader followed heroin lasagne

Artist Rasheed Araeen has opened a restaurant in Stoke Newington

Architects revealed their favourite hotels

Photographer Larry Niehues captured life in US motels, diners and gas stations

Masterpiece of the week

Inkstand with a Seated Satyr, c.1540-50, from the workshop of Desiderio da Firenze
All art is quite useless – unless it’s an inkstand. But how utilitarian, really, is this intricate bronze delight made for a Renaissance desktop? This everyday masterpiece reveals two things about sculpture in 16th-century Italy. First, art in this era was so sophisticated and skilled that even a trinket for a study could exhibit the superb anatomical detail and intense imagination of this sensual luxury. Yet even as Italian art reached such heights of accomplishment, artists and their audience became divorced from the moral and political values their forerunners believed in. Art was enjoyed for art’s sake. The name for this movement in 1500s Italy is “mannerism” and this wonderful absurdity is a gorgeous example of it.
Wallace Collection, London

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