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Sir Anthony van Dyck, Self-portrait, 1640-41, oil on canvas. Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: Philip Mould & Co
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How artists see themselves: the art of the self-portrait

Turner Contemporary’s Self exhibition looks at artists’ self-portraits from the 17th century to the present day, exploring the changing way artists have seen themselves – and society has seen artists. Dany Louise reports from Margate.

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Alex Hartley, Nowhereisland Travelling Embassy 2012.
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£10,000 prize celebrates ‘art in the elements’

The winners of The Arts Foundation’s annual awards will be announced later this week, with this year’s fine art category throwing a spotlight on artists who make objects, interventions and installations out in ‘the elements’.

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Thomas Raschke, Ghettoblaster, 2009,  soldered iron wire
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NOW SHOWING #80: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s recommendations find us rock-star gazing in London, contemplating resistance in Manchester, and appreciating the work of two of Jeremy Deller’s heroes in Oxford.

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Alec Soth, from the series, Songbook.
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PICTURED #37: Alec Soth, Songbook

Songbook, the much anticipated photobook from leading photographer Alec Soth, chronicles the solitary experiences of Americans through a blend of lyrical portraits and empty landscapes. Tim Clark considers the images of those longing for connection in an era of virtual networks.

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Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, cropped still from HD video, 80minutes, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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NOW SHOWING #79: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selections include contemporary abstract paintings in London, a feature-length film installation in Sheffield, and in Edinburgh a look at two once famous and now largely forgotten Scottish painters of the 1940s.

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Sheila and Hans by Mette Vorraa
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Events #1: The week ahead from a-n’s members

Every week, a-n’s members post details of events and exhibitions across the UK on the site’s Events listings section. In the first of a new weekly series, we pick some of the highlights from the next seven days.

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