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In what historians are already calling a "slight coincidence", there are three new exhibitions demanding of your retinal review and, call us predictable, but we're going to tell you about them. And we're going to do that in three, two, one...

RICK GARLAND AT REUBEN COLLEY FINE ART
Birmingham's mingin' isn't it? Everywhere you turn it's just concrete and... Hang on! Is this an absolutely stunning painting of an absolutely stunning part of our absolutely stunning city? The work of artist Rick Garland, it captures an extraordinary moment in an ordinary day, from the vantage point of our bizarrely beloved ramp. Shortly arriving at Reuben Colley Fine Art gallery (and yours for £9500), it's one of a number of jaw-dropping works that you are cordially invited to caress with your corneas any time between October 31 and December 3. Tell them we sent you for a 0% discount.

BELLOWS AND THE BODY AT THE BARBER INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
Being referenced in The Simpsons is a surefire sign that you were a big deal in life and though not so well known this side of the pond, George Bellows was, like the Stranglers, big in America. In February 2015, the Barber announced an important new acquisition: Nude, Miss Bentham (1906), an early masterpiece by Bellows and a piece formerly owned by Andy Warhol. It is only the second painting by the artist in a British public collection, and the first outside London. In short, it's a big deal too. Go see his work alongside like-minded artists in a wonderful exhibition looking at how the human body was portrayed by the Ashcan School. Details

NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM AT BMAG
Artist Ryan Gander has selected works from a world class collection of modern and contemporary British art, which appear to be involved in the act of, well, just sort of looking at stuff. Gander is curious about what might happen in the museum at night time, behind closed doors. Do his interestingly positioned statues come alive? In a word, no. But the whole thing looks completely ace and you can go see it after hours, complete with live Blues and a glass of something sparkling and English. Details

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