Art: THE FIVE BEST SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY

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1

Max Klinger

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Starring The Glove, an imaginative feast, erotic, morbid, obsessional, fantastic " one of many brilliant narrative sequences by the 19th-century German printmaker. To 18 Sept

2

Ian Hamilton Finlay Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Condensed, epigrammatic sentences " conceived in the garden at Little Sparta " adorn the walls in this 80th-birthday showing of the great poet-artist-gardener. To 23 Oct

3

The American West Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Native Americans, cowboys and frontier myths tracked down through 19th-century drawings, dime novels and Hollywood films. Curated by Jimmie Durham. To 29 Aug

4

Cai Guo-Quiang Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Black fireworks in daylight, drawings made from gunpowder, death masks and ghost stories; a festival show on the work of the Chinese artist. To 25 Sept

5

Leo Fitzmaurice firstsite, Colchester

Neatly filleted flyers, eviscerated packaging, magazines shorn of text; the British artist whose medium is the media. To 10 Sept

THE FIVE BEST SHOWS IN LONDON

1

Stubbs and the Horse National Gallery

Studying form. …