Jacob Riis, 'Children’s Playground, Poverty Gap' (1892)
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Jacob A. Riis, Museum of the City of New York — ‘Serious and earnest’

Riis photographed poverty with moral outrage — and also distaste

Detail of reliefs and mosaics by William Mitchell, Harlow, Essex (1963)
©Steve Baker/Historic England

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, Somerset House, London

A new show documents England’s postwar boom in public sculpture

Cabinet from Orhan Pamuk’s ‘The Museum of Innocence’ containing Turkish footballer cards and film star portrait-cards from chewing gum and sweet packets
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The Museum of Innocence, Somerset House, London — ‘Evocative’

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul museum comes to London

'Mother and Daughter' (2014). Digital pigment print. © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
©Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines, Gagosian Gallery, New York — ‘Brutally precise’

In a new series of photographs, Crewdson revisits familiar themes

By me William Shakespeare. A life in writing. Shakespeare's last will and testament. A exhibition presented by The National Archives and Kings College. Somerset House, 2/2/2016
©Anna Gordon

Much ado over Shakespeare’s buy-to-let

Documents reveal playwright to be very modern in financial affairs

Mary Seton Watts’s restored studio. Photo: David Grandorge
©David Grandorge

Window on the world of two artistic idealists

The studios of G.F. Watts and his wife Mary have been restored

Joaquín Torres-García's 'Canopy (The Fair)' (1917)
©Succesión Joaquín Torres-García, Montevideo 2

Joaquín Torres-García: The Arcadian Modern, MoMA, New York

The retrospective shows an artist who changed without evolving

Betty Woodman at her studio in New York
©Tim Knox

Betty Woodman and her vast body of work in ceramics

At 86, and with new shows in London and Manhattan, the artist shows no sign of wanting to slow down

Tate Liverpool captures Bacon’s technique

Biggest display of artist’s work yet to be held in north England

Dread Scott (American, born 1965). On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, performance still, 2014. Pigment print, 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm). Project produced by More Art. Collection of the artist, Brooklyn. © Dread Scott. (Photo: Mark Von Holden Photography. © Dread Scott)
©Dread Scott

Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum

A show exploring how art has been used to mind-bending political effect

Frank Stella: A Retrospective, Whitney, New York

A jumbled extravaganza that tries to rewrite a 60-year career

Light celebrations in our splendid cities

Ethereal intensity casts a glow to the night-time dreamscape

Leibovitz puts achievers in the frame

Photographer launches portrait project that she thought was too big to accomplish

Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Scandinavia House, New York — ‘Wistful and sublime’

The Danish painter’s work testifies to the power of restraint

Robert Ryman, Dia: Chelsea, New York

The painter’s all-white work highlights the relationship between art and obsession

Oscuramento: The Wars of Fabio Mauri, Hauser & Wirth, London — ‘Stunning, chilling and absurd’

The Italian artist’s multimedia works focus on war and fascism

‘Eyes Wide Open’, OstLicht, Vienna

A collaborative project celebrates 100 years of the Leica

The Art Market: onwards and sideways

Georgina Adam looks ahead to some of the likely trends and changes in a turbulent sector

Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York

The show lingers over the decades when New York was a ‘ruin in the making’

Coney Island: Visions of American Dreamland, 1861-2008, Brooklyn Museum, New York

A gloriously melancholy show looks back at New York’s playground

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