THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

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1

John Singer Sargent Tate Gallery

Major retrospective looking beneath Sargent's reputation as the top of Edwardian society portraitist, to landscapes, watercolours and murals. To 7 Jan

2

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

3

Chris Ofili Serpentine Gallery

The Turner Prize favourite (See Private View, right), this painter is an upbeat original, his surfaces dense and decorative, with swirls of dots, eyes, Afros and black icons, incorporating elephant dung. To Nov

4

Addressing the Century Hayward Gallery

A walk through the crossover wardrobe of 20th century art and fashion from Matisse to Miyake, picking out Oskar Schlemmer's brave new world of costume and Meret Oppenheim's delicate veined glove. 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 7 Jan

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 22 Nov

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

Goya: The Disparates Colchester Institute

Deaf and ill, Goya in his seventies produced his last series of etchings. Mysterious in intention, it is a void world - life is folly, men fly off on wings into darkness. To 4 Nov

5

Gustav Metzger MOMA Oxford

A look at Metzger's role as artist, theorist and author of the Auto-destructive Art manifesto (959), including a restaging of his light projections. To 0 Jan

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