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This stark landscape with isolated buildings beneath a threatening sky features in Italy in Black and White - a show of mostly post-war photographs at London's Estorick Collection until 4 September (www. estorickcollection. com). The subjects are diverse: Italian hill-towns as densely packed with houses as, in another photo, the catacombs of Naples are with skulls; the 1950s Bar Giamaica, Milan, with its smoke-wreathed customers; Fontana stabbing one of his canvases. Some shots could be stills from films by Fellini or De Sica, or might be found in the Italian equivalent of Picture Post. Each of the eight photographers has a distinct approach, using black and white expressively, and all the works are well-reproduced in a catalogue published by Skira (£24). Meanwhile, the Estorick's previous show, Avant-Garde Graphics 1918-1934, much admired by David Wild (AJ 07.04.05), is at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, from 30 July-25 September.

It's no surprise that the young Leipzig-based artist Christiane Baumgartner uses video, even though a few minutes of Fellini or De Sica (not to mention Godard or Antonioni) offer much more than the average artist's video today. But Baumgartner also employs that most traditional of mediums, the woodcut, making large-scale pieces based on the built environment - airports, motorways, wind farms. There's a survey of her work at Levitt Bernstein's Ikon Gallery, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, until 18 September (www. ikon-gallery. co. uk). Also at the Ikon is a show by Jacques Nimki, which takes the proposed regeneration of Birmingham's Eastside as its starting-point, specifically the urban plant life that has sprung up among its buildings.

Also in Birmingham during August is a 'sound work' by Peter Liversidge, who 'will drive round the streets at sunrise, broadcasting the sound of howling wolves from the back of a van'. You've been warned. Perhaps Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley's exhibition at the Architecture Centre, Bristol, will have more substance. The house they built for themselves in Redcliffe, Bristol, was featured in AJ 31.10.02, announcing rather too self-consciously that 'artists live here'.

Their new show, Model City, runs until 4 September.

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