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Art: Chuck Close

In a neat parallel to the exhibition of Rembrandt self-portraits at the National Gallery, the Hayward is mounting a show of work by contemporary American artist Chuck Close (left). Close has been painting the human face for the past 30 years, using himself and artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Cindy Sherman, and the composer Philip Glass, as subjects. The portraits are based on photographs taken by Close which are then blown up in size. The show traces the evolution of Close's technique, from detailed, monochrome airbrushing, through a finger painting method, to the current more abstract and very colourful brushwork. This first UK retrospective arrives following a hugely successful tour of the States.

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The colour and energy of an East Asian city are coming to the Hayward. Kate Mikhail talks to the artist whose work lets the depths of the gallery spill out on to London's streets, while Sharon Cheah looks at the political art of Hoy Cheong Wong

Saatchi donates pounds 500,000 Britart package to nation

CHARLES SAATCHI, the contemporary art collector, is donating 100 works of art to the Arts Council's 7,000-strong collection. The gift, estimated to be worth pounds 500,000, will join the collection which is administered by the Hayward Gallery at South Bank in London and is used for touring exhibitions and loans to galleries and museums in Glasgow, Liverpool, Penzance and Newcastle.

Visual Arts: Cool, calm, disconnected

Black lines. Luminous colour. Domestic scenes. Patrick Caulfield's pictures are very simple and very strange.

Art: Private view; Patrick Caulfield Hayward Gallery, London SE1

"Social Realism without emotion" is how Patrick Caulfield describes the squeaky clean, vacuum-packed interiors that he has been painting since attending the Royal College in the early Sixties. There he got to know David Hockney and Ron Kitaj, and became associated with the Pop Art movement. But the Hayward Gallery retrospective will show what a lonely and unique furrow he has ploughed throughout his career.

Letter: Upbeat music scene

Sir: How wonderful it is to be able to say that I did not recognise Sir Dennis Stevenson's description of contemporary classical music concerts ("Modern concerts `boring', says Blair's arts adviser", 27 January).

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Letter: South Bank jewel

Sir: Complete demolition on the South Bank seems extreme; at least our wonderful Royal Festival Hall stays ("South Bank buildings to be razed and rebuilt", 9 December).

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