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Giant water lilies and a stuffed horse: Tate's new sensations

SUSPENDED HORSES, suicidal squirrels and board games for the bored are among the works at the Tate Gallery's "playful" and "magical" new exhibition, which opens this week.

Exhibition: Africa By Africa

While exploring the technical and stylistic development of photography in the sub-Saharan region, "Africa by Africa" poignantly documents some of the social history of that continent this century. As vintage prints evolve to colour, the attitude of the artists and subjects towards their work alters and the narrow focus on identification portraits widens to produce images of artistic and personal value. Santu Mofokeng and Zwelethu Mthethwa (including Untitled 1995-96, above) are among those who provide a social commentary as they explore themes of spirituality and comradeship in both rural and urban African communities.

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See: artsparkle

Shiny happy people will doubtless abound at tomorrow's launch of "Artsparkle: Midsummer Park Dreams", which brings a clutch of established artists into the East End until mid-July. The aim of the project is for the painters and sculptors to work with schools and community groups in the area to create five installations. These will form the centrepiece for workshops and art events, aimed at regenerating Mile End Park. Among those taking part is Kumiko Shimizu, who has had working associations with the East End for the past 20 years. Her sculpture installation, The Wild Life (right), inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be complemented by performance art, musicians, interactive video and the participation of pupils from local schools and the Uechi Ryu Karate Club. Others exhibiting include Maurice Agis, whose multi-coloured Dreamspace is also a sight to behold. The grand opening of all the installations takes place from 3pm tomorrow. You have been warned.

Art: Classics from the James gang

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Lady fortune

ART The Portrait of a Lady National Gallery of Scotland

How was the art exhibition? Er, moving ...

The other night I was told something shocking. A bloke I know had been along to the Tower of London, a place which - as a Londoner - he hadn't visited for a quarter of a century. Most of it, he said, was much as he remembered. Except one thing. These days, if you go and see the Crown jewels, you do not walk round the glass cases looking for the Koh-i-Noor, or stand wondering how anyone could walk with one of those heavy crowns balanced precariously on her royal bonce. No, you are loaded on to a travelator - like those that carry you to the far-flung modules of large airports - and taken sedately, but inexorably, between the displays and out again. Not that he cared, he said, because he hadn't really wanted to see them in the first place. "Probably paste," he said, carelessly, adding that he had preferred the ravens.

Letter: High price of Millennium Exhibition

Sir: The Prime Minister's boldness in giving the green light to the Greenwich Millennium site is to be respected and admired. The Great Exhibition and the Festival of Britain were much reviled before the event and equally admired in retrospect. The afterglow can only be enjoyed if the event actually takes place.

Letter: Rewarding words from R B Kitaj

Sir: It seems that the commentaries accompanying R B Kitaj's paintings in his retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1994 are still a matter of controversy ("Kitaj and the firing squad", 27 May).

When racism is not simply a black and white issue

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Tate exhibition stirs debate

The Tate Gallery will celebrate its centenary next year in a manner certain to incite artistic debate and acrimony by exhibiting its 100 "most significant" works.

Iain Gale on exhibitions

For an artist to use mud as a medium is nothing new. From the earliest sculptures of pre-Classical Greece to Anthony Gormley's now familiar Fields of thousands of clay figures, the very stuff of the earth has proved a versatile tool. In particular, since the early 1970s, such "earth" artists as Richard Long have been charting their progress through the world's ooze. It is refreshing, though, to find an artist giving a new twist to such an old tale.

One-man museum

Artist Marcel Duchamp began to design the ultimate portable museum in 1935. Boite en Valise was a travelling exhibition of his oeuvre, a suitcase which contained his principal works in miniature - from paintings and drawings to objects and readymades. The suitcase allowed him to avoid dissipating his work throughout various galleries and maintain strict curatorial control.

LETTER: Angelic comment

Sir: If Kathy King supposes (11 October) that no one wants the Gateshead Angel, she ought to visit the exhibition in the Shipley Art Gallery, where comment in the visitors' book is predominantly favourable.
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