ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY

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Gary Hume Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Smooth as paint: Hume's new work has flat, filled-in shapes, sherbet colour combinations and images simplified to next to nothing. To 17 Oct

Notorious MoMA, Oxford

One hundred years after his birth, Alfred Hitchcock lives. Group show looks at his legacy in art, most cunningly in the "Phoenix Tapes". To 3 Oct

As Dark as Light in Cornwall

County-wide contemporary art festival, focusing on the solar eclipse. James Turrell's open-air sky-dome, "The Elliptic Ecliptic", is the sight to see. To 20 Nov

Presence Tate Gallery, Liverpool

Figurative art at the end of the century, from a towering Lucian Freud nude to Ron Mueck's giant, super-real model of a gawky girl in a swim-suit. To 5 Sept

Shape of the Century Salisbury Festival

"100 Years of British Sculpture" - and they're all here: Epstein, Gaudier, Gill, Moore, Hepworth, Caro, Armitage, Frink, Long, Cragg, Kapoor, Gormley, Whiteread... To 19 Aug

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