Royal Academy and Fahrelnissa Zeid: this week’s best UK exhibitions

By Jonathan Jones

Tate Modern showcases the work of the late abstract painter from Turkey, while the RA’s summer show celebrates art of all styles

Black British artists in the 80s defied the Thatcherite age with courageous experimental work that seems increasingly influential in reinventing national identity and the nature of British art itself. Sonia Boyce was portraying herself and her place in history in paintings, drawings and photo-collages. The tensions of the time are captured in Black Audio Film Collective’s Handsworth Songs; while the Turner-nominated Lubaina Himid‘s paintings pulse with expressionism. These and works by other important artists, including Isaac Julien and Mona Hatoum, make this two-centred show a fascinating recovery of the recent past.
South London Gallery, SE5, to 10 September; MIMA, Middlesbrough to 8 October

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