Rachel Whiteread and the decaying streets of Palermo – the week in art

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One to watch … Rachel Whiteread’s Detached, at the Gagosian Gallery in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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Exhibition of the week: Rachel Whiteread

A truly important modern artist shows new works that continue her haunting meditation on the visible surfaces and hidden interiors of the world.
Gagosian Gallery, London WC1X, until 25 May

Other exhibitions this week

John Riddy
The richly decaying, tumultuous streets of Palermo in Sicily star in Riddy’s new photographs.
Frith Street Gallery, London W1F, until 1 June

Deutsche Börse Photography prize 2013
Mishka Henner, Cristina de Middel, Chris Killip, and Broomberg and Chanarin are the artists shortlisted for this year’s prestigious photo award.
Photographers’ Gallery, London W1F, until 30 June

Stephen Willats
This seminal figure in British conceptual art has worked with Oxford communities to create art about communication and – as we said back in the day – signification.
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, from 27 April until 16 June

Space oddity … Untitled, from Cristina De Middel’s series The Afronauts (2011). Photograph: Cristina De Middel

Fiona Rae
Inventive, playful paintings that evoke the complexity as well as energy of modern life.
Towner, Eastbourne, from 27 April until 23 June

Masterpiece of the week

Transcendental meditation … Pieter Saenredam’s The Interior of the Grote Kerk at Haarlem. Photograph: Alamy

Pieter Saenredam – The Interior of the Grote Kerk at Haarlem (1636-37)
A church is eerily seen as an empty space, its gothic columns like abstract sculptures. This powerful artist obsessed with the shape of buildings is the Rachel Whiteread of the 17th century.
National Gallery, London WC2N

Image of the week

Saloua Raouda Choucair: Self Portrait 1943
Self Portrait 1943

What we learned this week

What mashups, Zambian moon walkers and Bertolt Brecht have in common

Why Modern Toss are making a F***yeux Tapestry

That gov.uk – known as the “Paul Smith of websites” – has won Design of the Year

That a new US TV show has totally reinvented Leonardo as a ladykiller

What Man Ray looked like kicking back at home

What it’s like inside China’s Miniskirt

How the 97-year-old pioneer of Lebanese modern art Saloua Raouda Choucair managed to carve out a unique vision of her own

How you can make your own cakes that look like works by Mondrian or Lichtenstein

What the South Bank can learn from a bright red popup Shed

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