The best exhibitions to see in February

Dealers’ Vaults: 20th Century Sculpture. In addition to telling the story of 20th century British Sculpture, the exhibition invites a glimpse into the world of commercial galleries, with works on temporary loan from some of the longest established and most distinguished galleries alongside smaller private art dealers. The human body features strongly in the exhibition, from the terracotta reclining nude of Frank Dobson through to the twisted and scarred figures created in the aftermath of the Second World War. Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent 11 January to 22 February

Giorgio de Chirico: Myth and Mystery.
A rare exhibition of Metaphysical sculpture. It will feature some 20 rarely seen sculptural works as well as a selection of drawings and paintings on related themes by the father of Pitura Metafisica. These include a bronze reworking of the mannequin-like figures from de Chirico’s famous painting of 1917 entitled The Disquieting Muses, faithfully replicating the self-contained forms of the original.
London’s Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
15 January to 19 April

Michael Chanarin: Illustrated Guide to Wisdom, Version 3.1
The stylized, illustrative aesthetic will be familiar to viewers as being from the conventions of young and teenage children’s literature of the 1930’s through 1960’s. The source for most of the images, at the time of their publication provided entertainment and inspiration to a generation of children. In doing so they also bestow a foundation of significant influence as regards gender identity, sense of self, moral frameworks along with a few stereotypical constructions encompassing less than subtle prejudices. Eleven Spitalfields Gallery E1; 17 January to 28 February;

Patrick Caulfield. Containing over 30 works the selection will include iconic works such as Coloured Still Life, 1967, Pottery, 1969 and Hemmingway Never Ate Here, 1999. In addition the exhibition will present a unique opportunity for visitors to view Caulfield’s art alongside paintings by celebrated artists who inspired his work; Georges Braque, Julian Gris and Fernand Léger.
Abbot Hall Art Gallery; 17 January to 29 March;

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979.
A touring exhibition featuring the work of 24 artists and artist groups, including the Boyle Family, Joshua Cooper, Tony Cragg, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Barry Flanagan, Hamish Fulton, Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, Derek Jarman, Richard Long, David Nash and Bruce McLean. The most comprehensive exhibition of British Land Art to date, at Mead Gallery, University of Warwick 18 Jan to 8 Mar

Embrace. Features work by both 20th Century and contemporary artists whose work represents the tenderness, intimacy and passion of an embrace through sculpture, film, installation and photography – some literal, others in more abstract forms. Artists represented include Jacob Epstein, Marc Chagall, Eileen Agar, Kenneth Armitage, William Rothenstein, Peter Howson, Gilbert and George, Charlie Murphy, Ian Berry, David Inshaw, Emma Critchley, Eileen Cooper and Chris Ofili
The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 18 January to 21 April

Alex Dordoy: persistencebeatsresistance
Pivots around two sculptural objects: a small totem pole made from a bust of the revolutionary socialist Karl Marx; and a gutted, disassembled photographer. The exhibition is elsewhere populated by a number of decorative plinths. The ornamentation applied to these plinths derives from the markings on ancient Chinese burial objects called ‘congs’, whose original purpose was to carry the souls of the dead to the next world. Inverleith House; 19 January to 23 March

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In The Making Guest curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, this exhibition draws on their interest, exploring the aesthetic of the unfinished and presenting objects mid manufacture. Mr Barber and Mr Osgerby have selected products that have an intriguing beauty or unexpected quality before assuming their final form. 22 January to 4 May;

Diarmuid Kelley: All Cats Are Grey A collection of oil and linen paintings 24 January to 28 February Offer Waterman & Co SW10

Moorcroft: 100 years of a living art pottery The exhibition includes 100 pieces of art pottery and rare historical archive material, which has never left the factory before being included in this exhibition. 23 January to 20 July; Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined
Instead of representations of buildings in the form of models, plans or photographs, the RA is re-defining the traditional architectural exhibition to immerse visitors in a multi-sensory experience. It considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light. Collaborating across the globe on this project are: Grafton Architects (Ireland); Diébédo Francis Kéré (Germany/Burkina Faso); Kengo Kuma (Japan); Li Xiaodong (China); Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile); Eduardo Souto de Moura and Ålvaro Siza (Portugal) Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts 25 January to 6 April

Gavin Turk: Neons One of the most respected artists who came to prominence in the wave of interest in the British Art scene of the early 1990’s, collectively known as the YBA’s. His notoriety came early in his career when he was refused a degree from the Royal College for exhibiting a single work Cave, purchased by Charles Saatchi, who later included Turk in the infamous ‘Sensation’ exhibition at the Royal Academy and other venues. Initial discussions between the artist and curator have settled upon the idea of an exhibition of the artist’s work in neon, both existing and commissioned. 25 January to 21 April

Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond
This exhibition will place Wright in the context of the Georgian spa and present for the first time a comprehensive view of his life and work between November 1775 and June 1777.
25 January to 5 May The Holburne Museum (see review in Country Life 22 Jan 2014)

Printing Sheffield
A new exhibition featuring work by Jonathan Wilkinson, Kid Acne, Jo Peel, James Green, Phlegm and more celebrating Sheffield’s 21st century print boom. Printing has given these artists their own independent means of production, be it through bold, hand-carved linocuts or finely detailed screen prints of complex digital images. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to participate in the print revolution themselves, with many of the works, as well as a selection of unframed editions, available for purchase. Millennium Gallery 25 January to 15 June

Incarnation, Mary and Women from The Bible A solo exhibition of new paintings by Chris Gollon In this exhibition, which coincides with a major regional pilgrimage of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Cathedrals reflections in lectures and study on Mary, women and the Bible, Gollon is revisiting traditional religious iconography such as the Pieta which is one half of a diptych; but he is also trying to pose questions that to him have been unanswered in the Bible such as what happened to Job’s wife. 28 January to 3 March Guildford Cathedral Stag Hill, Surrey

From Root to Tip: Botanical art in Britain
Watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art trace the history of flower drawing in Britain. From Root to Tip draws on over 300 years of work by both professional and amateur artists, showing how plants and flowers have been depicted in glorious detail as both botanical specimens and as part of decorative arrangements.
28 January to 11 May Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic landscapes from Britain and Germany

Explores aspects of Romantic landscape drawing in Britain and Germany from its origins in the 1760s to its final flowering in the 1840s. Bringing together twenty-six major drawings, watercolours and oil sketches from both collections by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Palmer, Casper David Friedrich and Karl Friedrich Lessing, it draws upon the complementary strengths of both collections: the Morgan’s exceptional group of German drawings and The Courtauld Gallery’s wide-ranging holdings of British works The Courtauld Gallery, London 30 January to 27 April (see preview in Country Life 29 Jan 2014)

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
A transformation of the best-selling book Artists’ Textiles 1940 – 1976 to a major exhibition. It traces the history of 20th century art in textiles, with rare examples from leading art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art. The exhibition will feature over 100 textile designs, including some recent discoveries that have never been on public display before. 31 January to 17 May Fashion and Textile Museum London SE1

John Martin Chelsea – Vernissage

Sets out to capture the spirit of the area’s vibrant artistic legacy with a contemporary tribute to the Chelsea of Whistler, Rossetti, Roussel, Carrington, John and the Greaves brothers. The show will feature new work by Richard Cartwright, John Caple, Andrew Gifford, Colin Watson, Andrew Gadd, Gennadii Gogoliuk, Makiko Nakamura, Leon Morocco, Rupert Gatfield, Mark Adlington, Josh Dorman, Barry McGlashan, Neale Howells, Olivia Musgrave, Margaret Corcoran and Martin Finnin, alongside some special guest appearances by Theodore Roussel, Paul Maitland and James McNeill Whistler (with thanks to the Fine Art Society) 31 January to 22 February

The Jerwood Collection: Revealed
An in depth focus on the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art. The exhibition will mark two years since the opening of the award-winning gallery which was designed as the permanent home of the collection, and will explore the history and personal stories of the collection’s development. It comprises primarily of paintings, works on paper and prints by British artists working between the First World War and the 1960s. Highlights include paintings by Sir Stanley Spencer RA, Lawrence Stephen Lowry RA, Walter Sickert and Augustus John RA.
Jerwood Gallery. 1 February to 23 April

Hannah Hoch – first major UK exhibition of work by the influential German artist Hannah Hoch (1889-1978) who was an important member of the Berlin Dada Movement and a pioneer in collage. At Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 until 23 Mar.

Kevin Coates: A Bestiary of Jewels – work by the artist -goldsmith, a musician, jeweller and sculptor in diverse materials. The virtuoso works of art he creates from gold, precious stones, shell and other exotica are both exquisite and fantastical. His new ambitious project is a ‘Bestiary’ of sculptural jewels in a poetic elaboration of the bizarre medieval encyclopaedias known as Bestiaries, which assemble lore and myth about animals. At Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford until 30 March. www.ashmolean.org30

Looking Out, Looking In; Portraits and Landscapes by Lucy Jones, at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London from 31 Jan to 21 Mar and then at University Gallery, Newcastle from 4 Apr to 23 May.  

Colour Forms by Richard Kenton Webb. He follows in the tradition of English Romantic landscape painters, although this is at first not easy to see. His semi-figurative, large paintings are drenched in intense and pure colour. Their lyrical and rhythmic forms, often reminiscent of concept drawings for machines that speak more of human frailty than mechanical precision, seem to reference 1950s Modernism rather than the spiritual landscapes of 19th century British painters. At Celia Lendis Galleries, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh from Feb 1 to 5 Mar.

The Scottish Show
– the gallery’s 14th annual exhibition showing the very best of contemporary Scottish and 20th century painting at Panter & Hall’s new gallery at 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1 until 21 Feb.

The Elemental North – shining a spotlight on the work of several artistis working in the north, including Percy Kelly, Harry Rutherford, Geoffrey Key, Jake Attree and Sue Atkinson. At Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1 until 15 Feb.

Sabine Moritz: Home – a new set of paintings shown alongside an older series of works by the German artist that together reflect upon scenes and personal recollections of a childhood spent in East Germany around the period of the Cold War. At Pilar Corrias, London until 20 Feb.

Pole Position: Polish Art in Britain 1939-1989
, at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield until 28 June.

Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner – showing 24 paintings by the celebrated American Abstract Expressionist painter alongside paintings by Turner from the 19th century, at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent until 11 May.

Ground Work – paintings by Andrew Walton with poems by David Attwooll. The paintings are the result of 12-monthly walks through the course of a year on Port Meadow and Wolvercote Common, an area of uncultivated floodplain that lies between the city of Oxford and the Thames. Attwooll’s poems have been published in several magazines and Carcanet’s Oxford Poets Anthology 2013. At Art Jericho, Oxford until 23 Feb.

Modern British and European Prints
, including works by Edward Ardizonne, Edward Bawden, Patrick Caulfield, Prunella Clough, Alan Davie, Terry Frost, Howard Hodgkin, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Hans Tisdall, Julian Trevelyan and Georges Valmier, at The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Dorset until 15 Feb.

British Sculpture: Post-War
– sculptures, drawings and paintings by Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Bernard Meadows, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and William Turnbull, at Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London until 15 Feb.

Closing Soon
Almost Lost: London’s Buildings Loved & Loathed
. From Covent Garden to St Pancras Station, many of London’s most treasured historic landmarks were once threatened with demolition. Using the latest digital technology, this show looks at the impact of proposed and actual destruction on the capital, and in the process charts the high and low points of a century of heritage protection in London. At the Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London W1 from 4 Dec to 2 Feb 2014.

In and Out of Fashion: Viviane Sassen. The only UK showing of hugely acclaimed Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen. It brings together around 50 photographic prints and vitrine displays, brimming with notes, plans and magazines, selected by the artist, as well as a specially designed installation, in which 200 images are projected onto a mirror in the centre of the exhibition. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 19 October- 2 February 2014.

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 – the first exhibition examining how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day. The show includes works by artists including Paul Signac, William Morris, Guy Debord and Guerrilla Girls. At Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront until 2 Feb.

The Nicholsons and their Circle: The Mill House Collection. Very influential family within the Modern British art scene during early 20th century. An exhibition of paintings and drawings featuring William Nicholson, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, and friends including Lucian Freud and John Craxton. Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex
12 October 2013-1 February 2014

Nelson Mandela The Long Walk To Freedom.
Lithographs, Photographs and Drawings. Until 31 January 2014

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