Art to see this December

Mary Fedden; A Celebration – an exhibition of assorted works by Mary Fedden, who died earlier this year. At Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 from 4-21 Dec.

Francis Hamel: Oxford Paintings 2012 – new paintings of the city and its environs at The Magdalen Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford Nov 30-Dec 2 and then at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from Dec 5-22. (see interview/preview in Country Life Nov 21, 2012)

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond. Celebrating the beauty of
Persian manuscripts and depicting the stories of human and divine love told through their lavishly-illustrated pages. More than 60 rare Persian, Mughal Indian and Ottoman Turkish illustrated manuscripts spanning from the 13th to 18th Century provide a rare overview of Persian calligraphy, illumination and miniature painting from one of the richest periods in the history of the book. At the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, Old Schools Quad, Catte Street, Oxford 29 November 2012 – 28 April

Vintage Travel Posters and Winter Prints at Henry Sotheran Ltd, 2 Sackville Street, London W1 from 28 Nov to 22 Dec.

Art of the Abstract: Albert Irvin RA (celebrating his 90th birthday with 20 screenprints and monoprints), Colin Binns, David Knight, Beverley Hicks, at Gavagan Art, Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks from 27 Nov to 22 Dec.

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Gods and Heroes – a selection of paintings and drawings from 1620-1820 illustrating scenes and figures from Classical myths and legends, at Didier Aaron Ltd, Clifford House, 15 Clifford Street, London W1 from 30 Nov to 14 Dec. 020 7534 9100

Francesco Clemente – Mandala for Crusoe – a recent series of works developing Clemente’s singular pictorial language, gathering together myriad cultural references; inspired by Eastern spiritual traditions. At Blain Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London W1 from 30 Nov to 26 Jan.

Valentino: Master of Couture – celebrating the life and work of Valentino with over 130 exquisite haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gyneth Paltrow. At Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, South Wing, The Strand, London WC2 from 29 Nov to 3 Mar.

Carving in Britain from 1910 to Now, at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 from 30 Nov to 12 Jan.

Paul Banning – an exhibition of new paintings – English landscapes, seascapes, exotic scenes from his travels and more technical styles such as the interior of boat sheds and new and old buildings. At the Minster Gallery, 3A Great Minster Street, Winchester from 30 Nov to 8 Jan.

Form, Colour and Context – Sally Pollitzer’s glass and paintings; Richard Pomeroy’s paintings. At The Gallery, Alan Baxter and Assocs, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1 from 26 Nov to 7 Dec.

Frans Widerberg: Dreamer in Landscape; watercolours, sculpture and prints at University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 30 Nov to 8 Feb.

Sladers Yard Winter Show, featuring Julian Bailey, Angela Charles, Stewart Jones, Alex Lowery, Howard Phipps, Simon Quadrat, Alfred Stockham, furniture by Petter Southall and gifts and accessories by leading designer craftspeople. At Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset from 1 Dec to 24 Feb.

Discoveries: Marischa Burckhardt, work from 1976-2012. She was born in 1927 and arrived with her immigrant Russian family in Switzerland as a 2 year old. She’s exhibited in many shows in Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, West and South USA, Canada and Australia. At the Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 from 28 Nov to 20 Dec. www.mayor

The Peculiarity of Algernon Newton
(1880-1968): works of the 1930s and 1940s by the 20th century pre-eminent painter of half-deserted streets – odd and uncanny, silent, often full of water (the canals of Regency London); his contemporaries called him ‘the Regent’s Canaletto’. At Daniel Katz Gallery, 13 Old Bond Street, London W1 from 28 Nov to 21 Dec.

Victoria Crowe – ‘Ti Sorprendo’; Sir Robin Philipson – ‘Christmas Greetings’; David Michie – ‘Belgrade Prints’; Visions of Edinburgh by various artists; Paul Scott – ‘Blue and White Horizons’ (ceramics); Christmas Jewellery Showcases – a selection of new jewellery by over 18 artists. All at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 1-24 Dec.

Frans Widerberg- Dreamer in a Landscape: watercolours and sculpture; Cornish in Paris – watercolours, drawings, sketches: showing Norman Cornish at his best depicting individual characters, busy street scenes, café bars and restaurant interiors in 1966. Both at University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne from 30 Nov to 8 Feb.

Richmond Art Society’s December 2012 Exhibition
with over 200 works on view at The Vestry House, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond from 1-9 Dec.

Antony Gormley – ‘Model’
at White Cube, 14-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 until 10 Feb.


Emma Haworth: Secret Places in the City – allusive, subtle, richly-coloured and intricately detailed, Emma’s paintings convey a vivid sense of life in the modern metropolis. Her new show focuses on the parks, commons and ‘edgelands’ that interrupt London’s urban environment. At Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 28 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1 until 30 Nov.

The First Moderns; Art Nouveau, Nature to Abstraction – including masterpieces by the great Art Nouveau designers: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Emile Galle Louis Majorelle, Rene Lalique, Josef Hoffmann, Alphonse Mucha and many more. In the Sainsbury Centre’s new Modernism Gallery, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk. Until 4 December. 01603 593199

Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Maurizio Cattelan – rarely seen works fro the colletion with a display dedicated to works by Cattelan, at Whitechapel Gallery, Mile End Road, London E1 until 2 Dec.

Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits,
at Museums Sheffield: Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield. Until 1 December.

Masterpieces from Mount Stuart: The Bute Collection – a selection of the finest Old Masters from the famous collection, on public display for the first time in more than 60 years. Including works by Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Jacob Jordaens. At Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh. Until 2 December.

The Not Photography Show, exploring the work of artists who, in different ways, upend photography’s perceived role as an objective recorder of what is in front of the camera. At The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London W1 until 1 Dec.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012, including works by Sarah Armstrong-Jones and novelist Mark Haddon, at The Lightbox, Woking until 2 Dec.

Tim Hayward
– a new series of dramatic bird paintings depicting British and Northern European birds of prey in flight, many of which are life-sized. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10. Until 1 December.

Jack of All Trades: Yeats’ Punch cartoons
– an exhibition of the Gallery’s collection of 63 illustrations by Yeats highlighting a little-known aspect of the artist’s career. A variety of items from Yeats’ personal library will also be on view. At National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2. Until 2 December.

Josh Dorman – highly complex worlds constructed from antique maps, factual illustrations and scraps of information, through which Dorman creates new and sometimes inexplicable possibilities. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1S. Until 1 December.

Abigail McLellan (1969-2009):
Retrospective at Rebecca Hossack Art Galery, 2A Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London W1 from 1 Nov to 1 Dec.

Amy Stephens – Collide – a new series of minimalist sculptural configurations that play with colour, surface and form, at Poppy Sebire, All Hallows Hall, 6 Copperfield Street, London SE1 from 2 Nov to 1 Dec.

Frank Auerbach, Early Works 1954-1978
is at Offer Waterman Gallery, 11 Langton Street, London SW10 from 2 Nov to 1 Dec.

Eric Rimmington – new still life paintings at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames until 1 Dec.

Chinese Design today at Themes & Variations
, 231 Westbourne Grove, London W11 until 8 Dec.