ART: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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1

Portraits by Ingres National Gallery

Last full week of the smartest, most intense portraits ever. The men: icons of power. The women: embodiments of luxury. The gods and goddesses of a bourgeoisie triumphant. To 25 Apr

2

Jackson Pollock Tate Gallery

The build-up is slow and the end is uncertain, but the drip period deserves every wow. To 6 Jun

3

Monet in the 20th Century RA

Last call for the strange last works of Impressionism; the show runs throughout the night. Ends tomorrow

4

Thinking Aloud Camden Arts Centre

Curious and cheering exploration of creativity, with rough drafts, try-outs and prototypes. To 30 May

5

Henri Michaux Whitehapel Gallery

High on grief and mescalin, Michaux did numerous, amazing, wobbly bobbly wibbly drawings. To 25 Apr

... AND BEYOND

Antony Gormley's `Field' firstsite at Roman House, Colchester

A sea of 40,000 pint-sized clay men - obedient, expectant, menacing. To 3 May

2

Andreas Gursky Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

Huge, panoramic, high-finish, micro-detailed, digitally-manipulated images of our world. To 6 May

3

ESP IKON Gallery, Birmingham

Artists investigate the paranormal in weird group show, including Susan Hiller's frightening video installation about the psychic powers of children. To 3 Jun

4

Terry Frost Plymouth Arts Centre

St Ives survivor and ancient of British abstraction. His sharp, bright rounds, lines and wedges figure boats, harbours and sea airs. To 30 May

5

Dutch Paintings Southampton City Art Gallery

Twenty masterpieces of the Golden Age begin a tour of the country. To 3 Jun

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