Private View held by Richard Andrews
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.
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
Natural Dependency shows the work of ten artists on the theme of the contemporary desire for excess and extremes, be it beauty, fantasy, wealth, or even death. It includes Anya Gallaccio's carpet of 2000,000 gold coins, Virgil Marti's ultra-violet lit silver flock wallpaper, and Jo Mitchel's "Girl On A Motorcycle 1999". Jerwood Gallery, London until 12th December.
The Turner Prize has now become a major event in the arts calendar, attracting a betting frenzy rivalling the Booker. Odds seem to be on either Tracy Emin's unmade bed (possibly in the hope that she will disgrace herself at the Award presentation) or Jane and Louise Wilson's video installation. All will be revealed on 30th November, but you can make your own mind up by visiting now, as well as putting the nominated works into perspective, by visiting the other permanent 20th century galleries. Tate Gallery London SW1 until 6th February.
L S Lowry is best known for matchstick figures in grey Northern townscapes, but in later years his style developed into something far more extraordinary. Firstly there are mysterious seascapes which have an almost Turner like quality. Then there are his last drawings, where his characters have an almost Alice In Wonderland like extravagance. This is a rare chance to see some of those works. Salford Art Gallery until 5th December.
Van Dyck 1599 - 1649 revolutionised portraiture, a central art form in England, by introducing elegant and informal poses, very different from the starched and stilted style of earlier artists. To mark the four hundredth anniversary of his birth, the Royal Academy has joined with the city of Antwerp, Anthony Van Dyck's birthplace, to assemble over one hundred paintings, spanning his whole career, creating the biggest ever exhibition of his work. Royal Academy of Arts until 3rd December.
Van Dyck At The Wallace Collection As it cannot lend its pictures to the main exhibition at the Royal Academy, The Wallace Collection presents its eight works as a satellite event, together with miniatures, books, engravings and drawings. The Wallace Collection until 15th December.