See the best exhibitions this July

Simon Patterson: Under Cartel – an exhibition including a series

of photographic diptychs of equestrian statues from around the world.

Each photographic pairing represents the exchange of one sculpture for

another. The second section of the exhibition is a grid display of

paintings featuring the names of silent movie stars, which is a

continuation of the ‘Name Paintings’ series that Patterson has worked on

since 1987. At Haunch of Venison, 103 New Bond Street, London W1S. 13

July – 1 September.

Pertaining to Things

– taking advantage of a rare opportunity in the planting cycle

of the Chelsea Physic Garden, sculptor and curator David Worthington has

invited selected artists to create a series of installations and

interventions across the three-acre gardens beside the Thames. Visitors

will encounter monumental sculptures and more delicate, ephemeral works

that take their inspiration from the natural world. Artists include Hugo

Wilson, sculptor Joe Currie, Peter Randall-page, Tessa Farmer, Keith

Rand and William Peers. At Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital

Road, Chelsea, London SW3. 11 July – 14 October.

Uncommon Ground – an exploration of

environmental interventions in contemporary photography. Inspired by

the work of Keith Arnatt and Gabriel Orozco, this exhibition aims to

obscure the intersection between photographs of observed reality and

artistically altered reality. Here, environment is taken in its broadest

sense: natural ecosystems, urban and suburban space, domestic

interiors, industrial landscapes and even political arenas. At Flowers

Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2. 13 July – 1 September.

Catherine the Great, An Enlightened

– marking the 250th anniversary of Catherine’s ascension to the

throne, this exhibition showcases the truly spectacular collections of

one of Russia’s most successful rulers, featuring objects that have

never been on display before outside Russia. To include superb French

silver and ceramics, important paintings acquired from France and

England, imperial court costumes and uniforms, and many of the finest

examples of porcelain, metal and polished stone ever made in Russia. At

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. 13 July – 21


Flight And The Artistic Imagination – an

exploration of the instinctive human desire to fly and the artistic

response to it. Including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Matisse, Paul

Nash, Elizabeth Frink and Mark Wallinger. At Compton Verney,

Warwickshire until 30 Sep. (see review in Country Life Aug 8, 2012).

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Metamorphosis, Titian 2012 – a

collaboration for the London 2010 Cultural Olympiad between the National

Gallery, London, the Royal Ballet and choreographers, composers, poets

and the artists Conrad Shawcross, Chris Ofili and Mark Wallinger, in a

remarkable creative production inspired by Titian’s response to Ovid’s

epic Metamorphosis. His three paintings Diana and Actaeon, The Death of

Actaeon and Diana and Callisto are at the heart of the exhibition,

along with the artist’s works, ballet costumes and models of their sets

and films of the choreographers at work, at the National Gallery,

Trafalgar Square, London W1 from 11 July until 23 Sep.


Yard Associate Artists 2012/13
– presenting the work of Matei Bejenaru,

Matthew Darbyshire, Lorna Macintyre and Jeremy Millar alongside objects,

artworks or archive materials they have selected from the Kettle’s Yard

collection, at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge from 14 Jul to

23 Sep.

An exhibition of sculpture,

collage, printmaking and painting by South Shropshire based artists
, Sue

Cambell and Angela Martin. Sue’s work takes inspiration from organic

forms and the relationship between art and science. Angela is inspired

by colour, line, landscape and vegetation. Also, an eclectic mix of

Welsh and English townscapes painted by Amanda Skipsey, an artist and

illustrator based in Wales. At Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street Ludlow Shropshire from 13 Jul to 31 Aug.


The Century: Tapestry From Dovecot Studios 1912-2012′
– an exhibition

celebrating 100 years of the Dovecot Studios, including outstanding and

rarely seen tapestries, rugs and designs and highlighting the

relationship between the well-known artists and the weavers at the

Studios. At Dovecot Studios, 10, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from July

13 to October 7. (See review in Country Life July 11, 2012). It will then be at Compton Verney, Warwickshire,

from October 20 to December 16 (


Gogh to Kandinsky
: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910, at the

Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh from 14 Jul to 14 Oct.

(see review in Country Life Aug 15, 2012)


and Disgrace
– Works by Rachel Howard, Amelia Newton Whitelaw and Jane

Simpson at BlainSouthern, 21 Dering Street, London W1 from 11 Jul to 25


The Summer Exhibition – a show of

works by the gallery’s artists, including Bill Bate, Michael Bennallack

Hart, Tony de Wolf, Liz Ellis, Michael Kidd, Matthew Simmonds and Graeme

Wilcox, at Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 from 10 Jul to 30


The Spirit of Barcelona

Catalonian contemporary painting in collaboration with Barcelona’s Sala

Pares Gallery, at Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 11 to 28 July.

The Illustrators – children’s illustration

curated by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson at Gallery@Rheged, Rheged

Centre, Redhills, Penrith from 10 Jul to 2 Sep.


Stair – Quietus –
exhibition of the potter’s funerary works, from

cinerary jars to life-size sarcophagi, drawing upon the symbolic

language of ceramic vessels, at mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern

Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough from 13 Jul to 11 Nov.

A Lowry Summer – more than 200 paintings from

Salford’s own Lowry collection as well as loans including a major

private Lowry collection, on display in its entirety for the first

time. At The Lowry, Salford Keys, Salford until Oct 28.

Dorothea Tanning: Collages (the artist, wife of

Max Ernst, died aged 101 in January 2012). On show at Alison Jacques

Gallery, London until 28 Jul.


– exhibition featuring his paintings, sculpture, digitally

animated landscapes, film and glass works at Lisson Gallery, London from

11 Jul to 25 Aug.



Riley: Works 1960-66
– a two-part exhibition held at Hazlitt

Holland-Hibbert, 38 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 and Karsten

Schubert, 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F. Until13

July ; /

Luke Rudolf

Rudolf’s second solo exhibition at the gallery showcasing a series of

paintings which are part of his exploration into painting in the

contemporary world. At Kate MacGarry, 21 Old Nichol Street, London E2.

Until 14 July.  

Untitled (Syntagmatic and

: an exhibition of Asier Mendizabal’s new work, including

sculptures and silkscreens. At Anthony Reynolds Gallery, 60 Great

Marlborough Street, London W1F. Until 14 July.  


Labruzzi: The Grand Tour
– an exhibition of watercolours by the Italian

Grand Tour artist. Over 40 drawings and watercolours of Rome, the Roman

Campagna, Naples, Venice and other Italian views and sketches. At

Dickinson, 58 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y. Until 13 July.

Picasso and Modern British Art at Tate

, Millbank, London (see feature in Country Life Feb 1, 2012).

Until 15 July.

House of Beasts – over 30 works,

including 6 new commissions, in the mansion, stables and parkland of the

National Trust’s Attingham Park, curated by Meadow Arts. The theme is

animals and the changing nature of man’s relationship to them. Includes

works by Alastair Mackie, Anj Smith, Henry Krokatsis, Hugo Wilso, Mat

Collishaw, Polly Morgan, Rachel Goodyear, Susie MacMurray and Tessa

Farmer. At Attingham Park, Shropshire. Until 15 July.

Jan Maarten Voskuil:

Non-Alphabetical Order
– introducing the artist to London, works

featured in this exhibition transcend the boundaries between the

processes of design, sculpture, painting and installation art. At Art

Sensus, 2nd Floor, 7 Howick Place, London SW1. Until 13 July.

From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts & Crafts Stamped

Book Cover Design
– an exhibition based on a new area of research by

distinguished Arts & Crafts author and expert, Malcom Haslam. At

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria. Until 15 July.

Chardin’s House of Cards and other

– this exhibition brings together some of the greatest works

to come out of eighteenth-century France. At Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon,

near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Until 15 July.


Devotion: Monarchy and the Book of Common Prayer
– a celebration of the

Diamond Jubilee and the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer,

this exhibition is the first to bring together the Palace Library’s

collections of items of royal provenance. At Lambeth Palace Library, 15

Galleywall Road, London SE16. Until 14 July.

Royal Society of

Painter-Printmakers’ Summer Exhibition
at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton

Street, London SE1. Until 15 July.

Sean Scully at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough. Until 15 July.


Riley: Works 1960-66
at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 38 Bury Street, St.

James, London SW1Y and Karsten Schubert, 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden

Square, London W1F. Until 13 July. /

From a Far Country, Deborah Bell, at John

Martin Gallery, London, W1S. Until 14 July. (See interview in Country

Life June 20 2012)

Inspired Landscape

celebrating the North York Moors National Park’s 60th anniversary, the

exhibition features work by six of the region’s leading artists. At

Inspired by…Gallery / The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, North

Yorkshire. Until 17 July;

Rebecca Campbell: The Four Elements

paintings exploring the four elements of nature – earth, air, fire and

water. Some are based on mythical stories while others highlight

Campbell’s humorous approach, presenting the four elements in an

everyday context. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk,

London SW10. Until 14 July.


Akulin: Penumbra
– a collection of drawings exploring the duality of

darkness and brightness. At Erarta Gallery, 8 Berkeley Street, London

W1J. Until 14 July.

Dreams and Nightmares

– an exhibition of 20th-century British art from the Ingram collection,

showcasing Neo-Romantics, Surrealists and other works to stimulate your

imagination. View iconic pieces by artists including John Armstrong,

Edward Burra, Tristram Hillier and Keith Vaughan. At The Lightbox,

Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey. Until 15 July.


– an exhibition revealing a progression from Graham’s monumental

botanical art works for which she is widely revered, into more varied

subjects from the natural world. An imposing graphite work of a spider

will be exhibited alongside beautifully saturated ink drawings of

irises, highlighting this new contrast within her imagery. At Sims Reed

Gallery, The Economist Building, 30 Bury Street, London SW1Y. Until 17


Gerald Mynott: Cities and Seasons,

at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1S. Until 19 July.

Edvard Munch: Landscapes of the Soul,

at Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1S. Until 14 July. (see

review in Country Life June 27)

On Form

stone sculpture by leading contemporary sculptors set in the beautiful

gardens and interior of Asthall Manor, childhood home of the Mitfords.

All the pieces are for sale and among the sculptors included in the show

are Luke Dickinson, Jonathan Loxley, Nicolas Moreton, Bridget McCrum,

William Peers, Peter Randall Page, Sarah Smith, Guy Stevens, Anthony

Turner, Lucy Unwin, Paul Vanstone, David Worthington and Emily Young.

At Asthall Manor, Burford, Oxfordshire. Until 15 July.


‘Dubliners’: The City as Character
– an exhibition bringing together

seventeen paintings and drawings with archive material selected from the

Gallery’s collection. Featuring work by Walter Osborne, Rose Barton,

Jack B. Yeats, James Mahony, Patrick Tuohy and William Orpen. At

National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2. Until 15 July.

Mary Ann Rogers – an exhibition of

watercolour paintings and limited edition prints at Leam Studio, West

Woodburn, Hexham, Northumberland. Until 18 July.


McFadyen: The Ability to Cling
is at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond

Street, London W1 from 26 Jun to 14 July. See also

his forthcoming exhibitions at the Fleming Collection, London (17

July-17 Oct) and Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh (27 Jul-1 Sep)

Seed; a

sculpture exhibition of eclectic design
– artworks by 12 artists

inspired by horticulture within the Georgian walled kitchen garden at

Frampton Court, Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire until 15 July.

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