Art: The Five Best Shows In London

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Jackson Pollock Tate Gallery

Big, revelatory retrospective for the wild hero of Abstract Expressionism going on Old Master: legendary for his great drip paintings, but virtually unshown here for 40 years. To 6 Jun


Portraits by Ingres National Gallery

Some of the smartest, most intense portraits ever. Men as icons of power; women as exquisite melanges of flesh and fabric. To 25 Apr


Monet in the 20th Century Royal Academy

The gardens and lily ponds at Giverny dissolve into fiery lights, haze, liquid reflections, depths and voids - and, in the circumstances, you will too. To 8 Apr


Patrick Caulfield Hayward Gallery

From a virtuoso of many styles, this retrospective offers the range - notably, those fat, laconic outlines flooded with translucent colour. To May


Henri Michaux Whitechapel Gallery

He travelled. He wrote. He took drugs. And inspired by grief and mescalin, he created amazing, wobbly bobbly wibbly scribbly fine-grain line drawings. To 25 Apr


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


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


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


Willie Doherty & James Casebere MOMA, Oxford

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


Veronica Ryan Tate Gallery, St Ives

A striking new cross-cultural sculpture, made of a block of marble from Hepworth's studio, into which casts of sour-sop fruit seem to be sinking. To Apr