The Independent Recommends: The Five Best Shows

Disasters of War (Imperial War Museum, London)

European war through the etchings of Jaques Callot, Goya and Otto Dix: horror, and madness. To 26 Sept

Van Dyck (Royal Academy, London)

Elegant, melancholy and short-lived portraitist to countless burghers, nobles and royals; court painter to Charles I. To 3 Dec

Gary Hume

(Dean Gallery, Edinburgh)

Smooth as paint: Hume's new work has flat, filled-in shapes, sherbet colour combinations and images simplified to next to nothing. To 17 Oct

Antony Gormley's `Field' (Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield)

One of the hits of the decade: a sea of 40,000 pint-sized clay folk - obedient, expectant, menacing, and stopping dead in a line at your feet. To 31 Oct


(MoMA, Oxford)

One hundred years after his birth, Alfred Hitchcock lives. Group show looks at his legacy in art (right), most cunningly in the Phoenix Tapes. To 3 Oct