Art: The Five Best shows in London

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1

Life? or Theatre? Royal Academy

First UK showing of Charlotte Saloman's life in pictures, with 780 raw gouaches telling the story of the life of a German Jew before Auschwitz - an expressionistic operetta in three colours. To 7 Jan

2

Pieter de Hooch Dulwich Picture Gallery

The domestic chronicler of 7th-century Delft. De Hooch's interiors welcome the stranger in. He delights in detail and perspectival challenges, picturing houses like magic boxes. To 5 Nov

3

Chris Ofili Serpentine Gallery

The Turner Prize favourite, this painter is an upbeat original, his surfaces dense and decorative, with swirls of dots, eyes, Afros and black icons, and incorporating mutant balls of elephant dung. To Nov

4

Addressing the Century

Hayward Gallery

See `Private View', opposite page. To Jan

5

Aubrey Beardsley Victoria & Albert Museum

Displaying the short, glittering life of the aesthete and illustrator, with his sinuous and florid line. Drawings, prints and posters. To 0 Jan

... AND BEYOND

Edward Burne-Jones Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Centenary exhibition gathers together favourites illustrating Burne-Jones's romantic and mediaevalist nether world. To Jan 7

2

Callum Innes and Ellen Gallagher IKON Gallery, Birmingham

Scot Innes soaks vivid colour into and out of canvas; Gallagher, a black American, builds complex patterns from cartoon racial signifiers. To Nov 22

3

20th Century Figurative Painting from Ireland Walker Art Centre, Liverpool

Charting the Irish figurative tradition of the last 00 years with 70 pictures. To 0 Jan

4

Peter Doig & Udomsak Krisanamis Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

Doig's sizzling, overloaded landscapes alternate with Udomsak's obsessional, twinkling surfaces, collages of cultural detritus and noodles. Ends tomorrow

5

Disasters of War Durham Museum and Art Gallery

Three ages of European war through the etchings of Jaques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix. Black-and-white visions from the blackest of times: madness, shellcraters and blood. To 5 Nov

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