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The object of seeing

A new exhibition at the Hayward celebrates the object in British art over the past two decades. A mirror, a skip and piles of dust - these are just a few of John O'Reilly's favourite things

With Richard Ingleby

`Material Culture' is at the Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London SE1 (0171-928 3144) 3 April to 18 May

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CLASSICAL MUSIC Sinfonia 21 St John's Smith Square, London, and touring

This is the 25th season of the Arts Council's Contemporary Music Network. It's a service to the composer, the performer, the publisher, the broadcaster, the record industry and, of course, the public; it allows contemporary music to tour. The slog and the cost of preparing for a single performance - the norm - is in no other case more wasteful than for new music. How crazy does an artist have to be to spend great swathes of time getting to grips with the complexities of a score by Elliott Carter, Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage or whoever, when the chances of the work being heard more than once in the immediate future are infinitesimal? This is where the CMN comes in: a scheme to guarantee more than a single performance, with the money to pay for it, oiling the wheels for more than a one-night wonder. Funny then that there's been so little fuss from the Arts Council, in these anniversary-soaked days, about a scheme that it's had under its belt for so long that's done so much good. (Contrast the Arts Council's Collection, a service for the visual arts, which was given a huge bash for its 25th birthday at the Hayward Gallery.) No celebration, no future? As a prime mover in the CMN's creation (time, perhaps, I declared an interest), I hope I'm wrong.

Delusions of grandeur

Insight into the human condition or personal exorcism? The status of Hans Prinzhorn's collection of art by psychiatric patients is questionable - as is the act of viewing them.

Just a little something to warm you up

On these chill, colourless days, there could be nothing more warming than Howard Hodgkin's new exhibition at London's Hayward Gallery.

Light fantastic

Hot, angry reds contrast with shrill greenish-whites, trapped within a painted frame. Howard Hodgkin's art is decorative and sensuous yet mind-stretching. And he's getting better all the time.

A world of his own

Howard Hodgkin paints feelings rather than faces - an exquisitely opaque way to celebrate the strangeness of others

VISUAL ARTS: ACE! Hayward Gallery

ACE! Hayward Gallery, London (0171-960 4208) to 1 Dec. Then touring to Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, and Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

Portrait of the young man as an artist

EXHIBITIONS: Robert Mapplethorpe was better at controversy than photography, as the Hayward's new show proves. Plus, the Gorms (above) go south

Scents and sensuality

Whether photographing penises or pistils, Robert Mapplethorpe placed sexuality on a pedestal of almost sacramental significance. But what was he really trying to capture with his camera? Andrew Graham-Dixon looks beneath the surface images of the Hayward Gallery's retrospective, while, below, Serena Mackesy eavesdrops on public reactions to Wednesday's private view

Revealed (again): Mapplethorpe's model

The model for the Robert Mapplethorpe photograph banned by the Hayward Gallery condemned "stupid censors" yesterday and said people should be allowed to see the work.

Photography and the new censorship

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe set out to shock. But little could he have known though that a photograph taken 20 years ago of a three-year-old girl would, in today's climate, be seen as more controversial than explicit photographs of sado-masochistic sex.

Hayward censors Mapplethorpe nude of girl, five

An exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, the American photographer who died of Aids, has been changed after officials at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank in London decided to clear the catalogue with the police.

LETTER : State of the art at the Hayward

Tim Hilton's analysis of the state of the Hayward Gallery does not make it clear that Richard Rodgers's pounds 100m-plus proposals for the South Bank do not sufficiently redress the lack of space which limits the exhibitions the Hayward is able to envisage.
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