Art: The Five Best Shows In London

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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


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


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


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


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