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Last updated : 1st December 1999


Gary Hume has been tagged as the "Painter of Now" for his hard, bright images, painted in gloss paint on aluminium panels. He is popular with both a young public, and the old Establishment codgers who chose him to represent Britain at this year's Venice Biennale. This exhibition is a surprise, consisting of a series of angels - but not of the Renaissance variety. These are more extraterrestrial, with kite like wings and mask like faces, and are ten feet tall, created by taking outlines from photographic images, blowing up certain details, and filling in the templates with bright commercial gloss. This is really what Changing Rooms should be about. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London until 23rd January.

Eileen Agar was born one hundred years ago in Buenos Aires, and on returning to Britain she retained a Spanish air of poetic flamboyance. Instead of settling for suburban respectability, she became a leading member of the surrealist movement, being the only female British artist to be included alongside Picasso and Miro in the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition. This show includes 120 paintings, collages, photographs, found objects - and some very strange hats. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh until 27th February.

Claustrophobia explores the idea of "Home Sweet Home", as sixteen artists from around the world use photography, sculpture, painting, video, and installations of household objects to question the way we see our most familiar environments. The show includes works by Rachel Whiteread and Mona Hatoum from the UK and other artists from Australia, Germany, Columbia and America. It spans the mundane to the ethereal. Centre For Visual Arts, Cardiff until 16th January.


Crash!: Corporatism And Complicity is the umbrella title for a month long event with 12 artists putting a spin on marketing, trading and the workplace. They include Rachel Baker's temping agency for out of work artists, Szuper Gallery's live internet futures trading, Christian Jankowski going supermarket shopping with a bow and arrow, Matthiew Laurette showing how he lived free for a year using money back guarantees, and Peter Rataitz offering a free haircut from a top stylist while you watch videos of vivisection. Definitely all human life - and some. Insitiute of Contemporary Art until 19th December.

Moonraker, Strangelove and other celluloid dreams: the visionary art of Ken Adam is the snappy title of a groundbreaking exhibition of work by one of the great film production designers. Twice winner of an Oscar, Adam is probably best known for his "bunker" interiors, such as the war room in Dr Strangelove, and the Bond villain lairs. This show presents more than two hundred drawings and extracts from many of his films, including Dr Strangelove, Sleuth, Barry Lyndon, The Madness of King George and seven of the James Bond series. The Serpentine Gallery until 9th January.

Amazons Of The Avant-Garde looks at the unique contribution to the development of twentieth century art of six extraordinary woman artists, who had a crucial impact on political, ideological and social thought. It traces the evolution of the Russian Avant-Garde, from the turn of the century through to its suppression in the mid-1920s, one of the most vital and prolific chapters in the history of Russian art. Drawn from more than thirty public and private collections, many of these works are being shown for the first time in the West. Royal Academy of Arts until 6th February.

Magna Brava features the work of the only five women who have been members of the Magnum Photo Agency of documentary photography in its fifty year history. The world of serious photo-journalism and photo-documentary has mostly presented a boy's own adventure point of view of the world, but the work of Eve Arnold, Martine Franck, Susan Meisalas, Inge Morath and Marilyn Silverstone offers a different perspective. Subjects range from the great and the good in unguarded moments, to un-named victims of torture in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh until 30th January.

Hampton Court Lantern-lit Tours Guides in full period costume give you a taste of the atmosphere of this historic palace after dark. Find out about events which took place during a period of almost two hundred years, when this royal residence on the Thames was at the centre of court life, politics and national history. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5.00pm, 5.30pm and 6.00pm - booking essential. Hampton Court Palace until 22nd December

The Turner Prize has been won by Steve McQueen, controversially beating the favourites - but then controversy is its raison d'etre. You still have plenty of time to decide if the judges got it right, as well as putting the nominated works into perspective, by visiting the other permanent 20th century galleries. Tate Gallery London until 6th February.


Absoult Secret 1999 is the Royal College Of Art's annual fine art postcard exhibition, featuring original works by well known personalities such as Peter Blake, David Bowie and Brian Eno, as well as up and coming young British artists. Everything is for sale at £35, but as they are signed on the back, you don't know whether you are buying Hockney or Mockney. There are over 1500 to choose from, so go along, take a chance, and spot a winner. The Royal College Of Art, London. Viewing: 25th November to 1st December, Sale: 2nd December.

The International Festival Of Chocolate is the Mecca for the sweet-toothed, as companies from around the world come together in a celebration of all things chocolate. Following its successful launch last year, you can again taste, try and buy the best of international flavours, from well known favourites to the exotic and unusual. Top chocolatiers and chefs will be plying their crafts in the Chocolate Cookery Demonstration Theatre. The Royal Horticultural Halls, London 3rd to 5th December.

John Soane: Architect Master of Space and Light Although Soane was the most brilliant architect of his time, he has never been the subject of a major exhibition before. Now his work is presented through drawings by the architectural perspectivist Joseph Michael Gandy, and by Soane and his office, as well as through freshly taken photographs and architectural models. It includes both his masterpieces - Dulwich Picture Gallery, the interiors at the Bank of England and his House and Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields - and many lesser known but distinguished works. Royal Academy of Arts until 3rd December.