Why Rio’s street artists hate the World Cup, and much more – the week in art

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Exhibition of the week

Making Colour
This exhibition looks into the rich and strange history of artists’ pigments and reveals how paintings in the National Gallery collection use them to create complex beauty and vivid feeling. Should be as summery as a sunflower.
National Gallery, London WC2N from 18 June until 7 September

Other exhibitions this week

The Human Factor
An exploration of today’s best figurative sculpture, with work by Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Katharina Fritsch and many more. Should be a corker.
Hayward Gallery, London from 17 June until 7 September

Summer Showcase
See prints by artists from Andrea Mantegna to Chris Ofili in this survey of the Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding collection of works on paper.
Courtauld Gallery, London WC2R from 19 June until 21 September

Rachel MacLean
A film installation that asks questions about identity and empire in a grotesque style.
CCA, Glasgow G2 until 13 July

Bedwyr Williams
A recreation of a Welsh 1970s modernist hotel that perched on a clifftop over the sea and was called Hotel 70 Degrees forms the heart of this exhibition.
Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno LL30 until 6 July

Masterpiece of the week

JMW Turner
The Bay of Baiae with Apollo and the Sibyl, by JMW Turner. Photograph: PR

JMW Turner – The Bay of Baiae with Apollo and the Sibyl (first exhibited 1823)
The power of colour to create space and atmosphere is brilliantly demonstrated in this glorious concoction of landscape and myth by Britain’s greatest painter. Just look at the fullness of the sky and those trees silhouetted against it – an effect worthy of Leonardo da Vinci.
Tate Britain, London SW7

Image of the week

Ai Weiwei leg-gun pose
Ai Weiwei’s ‘leg-gun’ picture has started a new, mysterious internet craze. Photograph: Ai Weiwei/Instagram Photograph: Ai Weiwei/Instagram

What we learned this week

That Ai Weiwei’s kickstarted a web craze of mysterious ‘leg-guns’

How Rio’s street artists are really responding to the World Cup – and it isn’t pretty

How Glasgow School of Art’s students are faring at their post-blaze degree show – and that one of them has reimagined the fire as a digital artwork

What it’s actually like inside Marina Abramovic’s new performance art show

All about Dr Strobe, the MIT professor who stopped time and electrified photography

The tale of the ruin-hunters, who drove a car down Mexico’s forgotten railways

That Sandy Nairne, the National Portrait Gallery’s director, is stepping down

That you can stay in a hotel room designed by Antony Gormley that looks like a Transformer – for the bargain price of £2,500 a night

How exactly you can get your kicks on Route 66

That a new documentary takes on the Chinese billionaire who has six months to build the world’s tallest building

Why life’s such a beach

That Banksy works sold for on a stall in New York are about to make a fortune at auction

That North Korean architects are shaking up tourism in their country – with hoverships and bubble trains

Bridget Riley is back! And she’s pulled down a whole house for her new exhibition

That Elizabeth I and Henry VIII’s most prized possessions will soon be put on show

Why nowt’s as queer as British folk

And finally …

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