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Louise Bourgeois Serpentine Gallery

Veteran French-American sculptress, still a leading light at 87, shows new installations in which a giant mother/spider presides over images of spinning and weaving, restoration and decay. To 10 Jan

Claude Lorrain British Museum

One hundred drawings by the great French landscape painter, including his remarkably vivid outdoor studies of woods and streams. To 10 Jan

Bridget Riley

Abbott Hall, Kendal

A small retrospective, spanning the career of top British abstractionist Riley - from the shimmering monochromes of her early Sixties Op Art fame, to colour, stripes, diagonals, curves. To 31 Jan

Edward Burne-Jones

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Centenary exhibition gathers together many favourites illustrating Burne- Jones's romantic and medievalist nether world. To 17 Jan

Chris Ofili Whitworth Gallery,


The 1998 Turner Prize winner (below) is an upbeat original, his surfaces dense and decorative, with swirls of dots, eyes, Afros and black icons, and incorporating mutant balls of elephant dung. To 24 Jan