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. Thirty paintings. To 5 Sept

2

Bridget Riley Serpentine Gallery

The classic Op period: paintings from the 960s and 970s, blazing and shifting in black, white and magically elusive and illusive shades of grey. To 30 Aug

3

Morandi & His Time Estorick Collection

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

4

Susan Hiller Delfina Gallery

"Psi Girls": a rapid-fire five-screen video installation, using sampled SFX sequences from movies about girls with supernatural powers. Deranged. To 4 Jul

5

Luc Tuymans White Cube

"Splendid Isolation": a new group of pictures by the contemporary Belgian cult painter who specialises in insidiously withdrawn, etiolated and spectral figuration. To 3 Jul

THE FIVE BEST SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY

Shape of the Century Salisbury Festival

One hundred years of British sculpture - and they're all here: Epstein, Gaudier, Gill, Moore, Hepworth, Caro, Frink, Armitage... To 9 Aug

2

Victor Pasmore Tate, Liverpool

Career review of British artist who practised sensitive Euston Road figuration until 947 when - to general alarm - he "went abstract". Through 999

3

Rodin in Lewes Town Hall, Lewes

The Kiss comes home to the town where it was first exhibited in 94, to general disgust - and a small Rodin show marks its temporary return. To 30 Oct

John Coplans Dean Gallery, Edinburgh

4

Portrait of the artist as a fat old naked man? Coplans' photo- tableaux of close-ups of his body present flesh beyond classification, vulnerable and monumental. To 25 Jul

5

Angel of Mercy Leeds City Art Gallery

Surrealism. It happened here. Fifty strange-but-weird works by the likes of Eileen Agar, Paul Nash, Conroy Maddox and Humphrey Jennings. To 25 Jul

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