Art: The Five Best Shows In London

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1

Rembrandt by Himself National Gallery

The self-portraits. The first and most searching autobiography in paint. The great pictorial statements of honesty and mortality, of the human depths. To 5 Sept

2

Joseph Beuys Royal Academy

Beautiful and mysterious: 456 drawings using blood, fat, pencil and gold leaf, offer clues to Beuys's mythology. To 6 Sept

3

Bridget Riley Serpentine Gallery

The classic Op period: paintings from the 960s and 70s, blazing and shifting in black, white and magically elusive and illusive shades of grey. To 30 Aug

4

Chuck Close Hayward Gallery

The original painter of the very big face: his own and his friends'. Work from the photorealism of the Sixties to the current tessellated, bright-candied portraits. To 9 Sept

5

Morandi & His Time Estorick Collection

Mr Twentieth-Century Still-Life: 9 of his table-top paintings, with their close and nervous families of bottles, jugs and pots - plus work by contemporaries. To 9 Sept

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