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Ed Ruscha: 50 years of painting, Hayward Gallery, London

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Walking in My Mind, Hayward Gallery, London

The Freudian mind is a busy place. Better to keep it simple

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The Russian Linesman, Hayward Gallery, London

Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger finds connections between his and other artists’ work in a highly diverse show

Making links: The Russian Linesman

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Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture, Hayward Gallery, London

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Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London

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