The Independent Recommends: The Five Best Shows

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Jackson Pollock (Tate Gallery, London)

Big, revelatory retrospective for the wild hero of Abstract Expressionism (going on Old Master), legendary for his great drip paintings, but virtually unknown here for 40 years. To 6 Jun

Thinking Aloud

(Camden Arts Centre, London)

Sculptor Richard Wentworth curates this curious and cheering exploration of creativity: an assortment of rough drafts, doodles, try-outs and models. To 30 May

Antony Gormley's 'Field' (firstsite at Roman House, Colchester)

One of the hits of the decade: a sea of 40,000 pint-sized clay men - obedient, expectant, menacing. To 23 May

ESP (IKON Gallery, Birmingham)

Contemporary artists investigate the paranormal in this weird group show, including Susan Hiller's frightening and wonderful video installation about the psychic powers of children. To 13 Jun

The Pleasures of Peace (Brighton Museum & Art Gallery)

"Mid-Century Craft and Art in Britain": an alternative cultural-history show. Pots (right), furniture, textiles and jewellery, from wartime old Arcadian revivalism to Sixties psychedelia. To 20 Jun

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