ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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1

Jackson Pollock Tate Gallery

Big retrospective for the legendary hero of Abstract Expressionism (going on Old Master). The build- up is slow and the end is sorry, but the brief "drip" period deserves every superlative. To 6 Jun

2

Portraits by Ingres National Gallery

Some of the smartest, intensest portraits ever - sex and money in perfect harmony; images of triumphant bourgeois luxury. To 25 Apr

3

Monet in the 20th Century Royal Academy

The strange last works of Impressionism. The gardens and lily ponds at Giverny dissolve into fiery lights - and in the circumstances you will, too. To 8 Apr

4

Patrick Caulfield Hayward Gallery

The modern object-world made luminous. Caulfield is a virtuoso of many styles, and this retrospective offers the range - notably, those fat, laconic outlines flooded with translucent colour. To May

5

Millais: Portraits NPG

The early Pre-Raph pictures - beady-eyed, quasi-naive, tiny - are models of intimate portraiture. To 6 Jun

... AND BEYOND

Andreas Gursky Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Photographs 994-98: huge, panoramic, high-finish, micro-detailed, digitally-manipulated images of our world - stock exchange floor, city- scape, hotel foyer. Vistas of more than the eye can see. To 6 May

2

Aubrey Beardsley Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The short and brilliant career of the 890s aesthete and illustrator, with his masterful blacks and whites and his uniquely sinuous, florid line. To Apr

3

Yinka Shonibare IKON, Birmingham

"Dressing Down": in a series of photographic and sculptural tableaux the artist explores notions of ethnicity and questions the construction of cultural identity. To 5 Apr

4

Bob Law Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Law was once known for his completely black mimimalist pictures. Here's a wider view of his work: Cornish landscape beginnings, colour, and tiny, toy-like constructions. To 25 Apr

5

Willie Doherty & James Casebere MOMA, Oxford

Doherty's nervy, multi-screen video installation reflecting on sectarian terror. Casebere's delicate, moody photos of architectural models. To 4 Apr

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