Art: The five best shows in London

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1

Grinling Gibbons Victoria & Albert Museum

Fruit, flowers and foliage - the best chisel-work (left) of the 7th-century woodcarver, who made intricacy and the abundance of nature his trademark. To 24 Jan

2

Charlotte Salomon Royal Academy

First UK showing of Life? Or Theatre?, Salomon's life in pictures. 405 raw gouaches tell the story of the German Jewish girl's haste before Auschwitz - an expressionistic operetta in three colours. To 7 Feb

3

Duane Hanson Royal Festival Hall Ballroom

Hanson's meticulously life-like figure sculptures find their perfect setting in the sociable space of the RFH. Ordinary people, with props to match. To 7 Jan

4

Louise Bourgeois Serpentine Gallery

Veteran French-American sculptress, still a leading light at 87, shows new installations in which a giant mother/spider presides over images of spin and weave, restore and decay. To 0 Jan

5

Turner Prize Tate Gallery

The shortlisted artists show their wares. Chris Ofili, Tacita Dean, Cathy de Monchaux and Sam Taylor-Wood are the four; Ofili the winner. To 0 Jan

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