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Portraits by Ingres (National Gallery)

Some of the smartest, most intense portraiture ever. Women: exquisite melanges of flesh and fabric, dreams of sex and money. Images of triumphant bourgeois luxury. To 25 Apr

Patrick Caulfield (Hayward Gallery)

The modern object-world made luminous (right). This survey of nearly 50 years' work offers his full range - notably, those bold laconic outlines, blocked in with translucent colour. To 11 Apr

Andreas Gursky (Serpentine Gallery)

Photographs 1994-98: wide-vision, high-finish, micro-detailed vistas of our world - stock-exchange floor, cityscape, airport, alpine valley - images filled with more than the eye can see. To 7 Mar

Disasters of War

(Wolverhampton Art Gallery)

"I saw this" - three ages of European war through the etchings of Jacques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix. Visions from the blackest of times. To 20 Mar

Peter Doig & Udomsak Krisanamis (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh)

Doig's sizzling landscapes alternate with Krisanamis' collages of cultural detritus. To 27 Mar