ART / Openings


BIRMINGHAM Ikon Gallery Basil Beattie. Recent work by an increasingly regarded artist. 31 May-16 July. And Rose Finn-Kelcey and Donald G Rodney. 4 June-15 July. 58-72 John Bright St (021-643 0708). Tue-Wed, Fri, Sat 11.00-6.00, Thur 11.00-8.00; free.


Courtauld Institute New hang. Rubens, Tiepolo and 16th-century Renaissance art. Somerset House, The Strand, WC2 (071-873 2526). 1 June-October. Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00, Sun 2.00- 6.00; pounds 3, conc pounds 1.50.

Goethe Institut Reiner Ruthenbeck. Overturned furniture. It's just what it says it is. 'But is it?', asks the German conceptualist artist, as he 'transforms' MFI's best. 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Rd, SW7 (071- 411 3400). 3 June-8 July. Mon-Thur 10.00-8.00, Fri 10.00-4.00, Sat 9.30-12.30.

Greenwich Royal Observatory An installation and associated outdoor pieces by Keith Piper entitled Tall Ships, which takes as its theme British maritime involvement in African slaving in the 18th century. 3-12 June. Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00, Sun 12.00-6.00; pounds 3.95, conc pounds 2.95.

New Hoxton Workshops Open studios. Twelve artists show themselves at work on painting, sculpture, prints, artists' books, ceramics, illustration and furniture. 27-29 New North Rd, N1 (071-251 2791). 4-5 June. Sat & Sun 12.00-7.00; free.

Royal Academy Summer exhibition. Here we go, here we go, here we go. The great British public turn out in their hundreds to see the show of the year. It's all here: pigs, lemons and landscapes. There'll always be an England. Sigh. Burlington House, Piccadily, W1 (071-439 7438). 5 June-14 Aug. Daily 10.00- 6.00; pounds 4.50.



Anthony d'Offay George Baselitz. Recent large wooden sculptures by the influential German painter, with the title Frau Paganismus. Dering St, W1 (071-499 4100). 2 June-9 July. Mon-Fri 10.00-5.30, Sat 10.00- 1.00.

Berkeley Square Gallery Paintings and sculpture by young artists. Includes work by Sophie Ryder, Cecilia Vargas and others. 23a Bruton St, W1 (071-493 7939). 31 May-18 June. Mon-Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-4.00.

Browse and Darby Anthony Fry. New works. Disjointed, limpid, fluidly painted oils of figures, still lifes and interiors in an Indian setting. 19 Cork St, W1 (071-734 7984). 2 June-2 July. Mon-Fri 10.00-5.30, Sat 10.30-1.00.

CCA Galleries John Hoyland. The artist best-known for his large abstract paintings has been working for the past year at the RCA, endeavouring to turn his hand to ceramic sculpture. The results, seen here, display some degree of success while retaining his distinctive signature. 8 Dover St, W1 (071- 499 6701). 1-25 June. Mon-Fri 9.30-5.30, Sat 10.00-4.00.

Karsten Schubert Meg Cranston. 41-42 Foley St, W1 (071-631 0031). 2 June-2 July. Tue-Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 11.00-3.00.

Lisson Gallery Art & Language. Early and recent works by the Conceptual collective. Includes the Hostage series and the Secret Paintings. 52-54 Bell St, NW1 (071-724 2739). 3 June-9 July. Mon-Fri 10.00-6.0, Sat 10.00- 1.00.

Spink Annual show of modern British pictures. 2-24 June. And Far Eastern art. 1-17 June. 5-7 King St, SW1 (071-930 7888). Mon- Fri 9.00-5.30, Tue to 7.30.