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Jean-Francois Boclé, ‘Everything Must Go’, 2014, 97,000 blue plastic bags ©Justin Piperger, 2015. Image courtesy Saatchi Gallery, London

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Frames, rather than the paintings they contain, are the star attraction at the National Gallery, where Frames in Focus showcases 30 elaborate frames associated with Renaissance Venice. Characterised by carved overlapping scrolls, garlands of fruit, masks and even animals, they frequently matched the carved ornamentation of the furniture which once surrounded them. Until Sep 13, www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Selected from a record 2,748 entries from 92 countries, the works in this year’s BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery represent the best in contemporary portrait painting, encompassing figurative nudes, famous faces, expressive sketches and piercing photo-realism. The first prize of £30,000 makes it the most prestigious international portrait painting competition. Until Sep 20, www.npg.org.uk

For 247 years, the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts has offered a snapshot of contemporary art. This year over 1,200 works by emerging and established artists fill the galleries with painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography and film. The Summer Exhibition included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner among its earliest exhibitors. Until Aug 16, www.royalacademy.org.uk

Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America at the Saatchi Gallery takes its title from the prehistoric land mass which united Africa and Latin America. The exhibition features emerging artists who respond to the present day complexities facing the two continents, such as rapid urban expansion and political and economic unrest. Until Sep 6, www.saatchigallery.com

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