ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY

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The Independent Culture
1

Prunella Clough Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

Mini-retrospective for British painter - of fragile, fine-tuned abstracts - and recent Jerwood Prize-winner, now 80. To 22 Jan

2

Magritte Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Big show of paintings by the surreal Belgian, from well-known visual puzzles like boots sprouting toes, to images grave, dark and deeply strange. Wed 22 Dec to 26 Mar

3

45-99 Kettles Yard, Cambridge

A personal pick of post-war British painting and sculpture, with Bryan Robertson, former director of the Whitechapel, choosing his favourite Caro, Hodgkin, Caulfield, and Hume pieces. To 9 Jan

4

Michelangelo Pistoletto MoMA, Oxford

Sage of the Arte Povera movement - his classic Sixties mirror paintings, where painted figures mingle with our reflections, are shown along with new mirror-using sculptures. To 30 Dec

5

Gordon Bennett

IKON Gallery, Birmingham

Aboriginal artist makes contemporary paintings about the colonisation of Australia, with fine-art, writing, cartoons and bold bits of colour. To 23 Jan

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