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
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
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
Rachel Whiteread’s latest exhibition, “Internal Objects’, is an ode to lost bodies and the ghosts of our language. Showing now at Gagosian in London, Whiteread’s sculpture gives a unique incarnation to the uncanny, through its focus on the specific process by which familiar shapes and objects can be made alien to their observer.
‘It won’t last forever (or maybe it will)’ is Ben Edmunds’ solo debut in Europe and his most ambitious exhibition to date. Best known for his large scale paintings that combine tropes of modernist abstraction with the stylised accents of extreme sports, this show marks an expansion of possibilities in his practice. The works move between painting, sculpture, photography, branding, useful objects and wearable equipment.
Pallant House Gallery has announced a unique response to creativity during the coronavirus pandemic. The Gallery has commissioned a model art gallery that will feature original miniature artworks from over 30 leading contemporary British artists