Pokémon in museums, Kahlo selfies and medieval beasts – the week in art
Witness the sensual wonders of the middle ages in Cambridge while the Baltic explores playground utopianism. All that and more in your weekly art dispatch
Exhibition of the week
Touching, intimate portraits of Americans by this powerful modern realist promise to be a highlight of this year’s Edinburgh art festival.
• Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 29 July to 8 October.
Colour: The Art and Science of Medieval Manuscripts
Enter the unexpectedly sensual artistic world of the middle ages in this display of rarely seen manuscripts, including a local wonder, the Macclesfield Psalter, whose bizarre beasts were painted in 14th-century East Anglia.
• Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 30 July to 30 December.
Some Are Nights Others Stars
Loss, memory and journeys are among the themes of this group show, featuring Michael Armitage, Ruth Claxton, Tiffany Chung, Siobhán Hapaska and Isaac Julien.
• Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 23 July to 25 September.
Tony Morgan and John Blake
Two pioneering conceptual artists and film-makers are celebrated in an exhibition of their thought-provoking photographic works.
• Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, 29 July to 26 August.
Masterpiece of the week
Edgar Degas – At the Café Châteaudun (about 1869-71)
There are hints of the great caricaturist Honoré Daumier in this acute, even grotesque portrayal of two men doing business in a cafe who look like villainous characters in a novel by Zola. Some people still think Degas just did ballet dancers, but he is the most varied and risk-taking of all the impressionists.
• National Gallery, London.
Image of the week
Slovakian photographer Mária Švarbová’s atmospheric shots of pastel-hued swimming pools, full of pristine waters and blood-red bathing caps, captured readers’ imaginations as our most popular photo gallery of the week.