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Art 95

This annual outing for 80 contemporary dealers is still not quite the cutting-edge of British art, but it appears to be getting closer. Included this year are half a dozen Belgian galleries which make an interesting comparison with the younger British dealers featured here for the first time. Business Design Centre Man Ray Photographer, writer, sculptor, Man Ray was above all an illusionist. No one term can describe the man who, along with Beauchamp, seems in retrospect to have defined the zeitgeist of the modern world. These images, often surprisingly elegant and charged with the magic of ancient, subconscious power, are among the most enduring icons of our century.

Serpentine Gallery Nicolas Poussin For only the second time ever (the first was in 1960), all the major paintings of Nicolas Poussin are together in one place. The British, with their instinctive regard for this enigmatic artist, have, over the past 50 years, produced a dazzling array of experts on his work. Thirty-five years ago, the cumulative effect of his oeuvre set Poussin scholarship on its head. This show may have a similar effect.

Royal Academy of Arts

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